Community Day Boosts Messages of Service, Togetherness

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More than 300 members of the Saint Joseph's University community joined together on Saturday, October 25, for the fourth SJU Community Day, a semiannual program uniting students, faculty and staff in embracing the Jesuit ideal of becoming men and women with and for others.

"Community Day is a day of campus-wide service aimed at strengthening our SJU community while serving those around us," said senior Hollyanne Pronko, student body president and one of the event's organizers.

The program, supported by the University Student Senate, Student Life and the HSB Dean's Office, sends participants from various campus groups to 11 sites across the Philadelphia region.

Sites and organizations that the group worked with included Cliveden Park, the Arc of Philadelphia, Olivett Baptist Church, Ray of Hope, Kearsely Retirement Home, Visitation Monastery, Riverbend, Liberty Land, Weavers Way co-op and St. Martin de Porres and St. Athanasius parishes. The day began with a service in the University's Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial at 9 a.m. Participants returned to a celebratory barbeque on campus at 2 p.m.

"We are extremely excited and proud to say that this was our biggest Community Day yet," Pronko said. "Its continued success can be attributed to the dedicated men and women here at Saint Joseph's, along with the wonderful collaboration and cooperation with our surrounding communities."

--Jeffrey Martin '04 (M.A. '05)

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