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s-alternative-spring-break-spotlightSix members of the Canisius College community spent three days of their spring break in Erie, PA with the Benedictine sisters. Sr. Marilyn Schauble, OSB, organized a mini- service-immersion experience that mirrored what Canisius students experience during winter service week.

Michael Tunney, SJ, director of mission and identity; Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist in human resources; Sharon Federico, assistant to the vice presidents for student affairs and business and finance; Lisa Fischer, executive associate in academic affairs; Mark Meyer, associate professor of computer science; and Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister all traveled to Erie for the experience.

The three days included praying the Liturgy of the Hours with the Sisters (everyone received their own prayer buddy), meals with the community, talks given by two members of the community on Lectio Divina and Benedictine spirituality, reflections and time spent in service to some of the Sisters’ various ministries in inner-city Erie. The group assisted at Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, tutored refugees at St. Benedict’s Education Center and volunteered at Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Those interested in a short program like this to see what service-immersion experiences with Campus Ministry are all about, please contact Sarah Signorino at or Ext. 2424.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, academic affairs