Students join SNDs for Jubilee Fund Walk
September 28, 2012
A select group of Emmanuel students, staff and faculty spent the afternoon with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at the Jubilee Fund Walk on Sunday, September 23rd. Held at Castle Island in South Boston, the two-mile walk raised money to support various ministries of the Sisters of Notre Dame, who founded Emmanuel College in 1919. Among the students who participated were members of the women's tennis team and the 1804 Society, a student leadership group dedicated to continuing the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame at Emmanuel.
The Society, named in honor of the founding year of the Sisters, continues the tradition of mission at Emmanuel through a deeper understanding of the College's history, Catholic identity, and the work of the Sisters. Students learn the values of community, leadership, education and service, and serve as ambassadors to the College at events and annual traditions.
By the time the walk began, more than $11,000 had been collected for missions of the Sisters of Notre Dame in South America and Africa. Students spent the day walking alongside the Sisters, making connections and learning about some of the work that the Sisters have done around the world.
"They're all so fun and full of life, they're amazing," said Ashley Houston '15. "I'm an education major and a lot of their work is focused on education, so it was awesome to talk to them about that."
All the students who participated hope to go back again, and want to spread the word to the wider Emmanuel community about the work the Sisters are doing.
"I had a lot of fun, I'd definitely do it again," said Jenny Konecnik '14. "Hopefully we can be there next year and bring a lot more people with us."
Emmanuel's participation in the Jubilee Fund Walk was sponsored by the Center for Mission & Spirituality. The Center works to bring the strong mission, beliefs and legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame to action on campus, as well as make connections to the Sisters locally, nationally and internationally.
- Dan Bourque '13