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Chemistry sophomore strengthens faith during alternative spring break trip

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March 21, 2017

Danielle Maxwell, sophomore in Chemistry, strengthened her faith while working on Nazareth Farm in West Virginia during the Alternative Spring Break earlier this month.

Danielle Maxwell at Nazareth Farms“I was blessed with the ability to travel to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia for an Alternative Spring Break trip,” said Maxwell. “Not only was I able to strengthen my faith, but I was also able to practice the four cornerstones of the farm: simplicity, prayer, community, and service.”

Each year, the University Ministry Office provides alternative immersion trips during the winter and spring breaks.

The trips are key experiences of a transformative Jesuit and Mercy education rooted in social justice.

“We built porches, demolished walls, installed insulation and dry walling, served the homeless, and built handicap ramps for those in need,” said Maxwell.  “It was a great week full of service, faith, nature, laughter, a few happy tears, and so much more.”

The Alternative Spring Break program seeks to build community, expand our notion of solidarity, and engage in a faith that does justice in the world.

“Thank you all for one of the best weeks of my life!” said Maxwell.

Maxwell was joined with Detroit Mercy classmates:
  • Mary Payne (Chemistry)
  • Chris Noh (Biology)
  • Elizabeth Gonser (Biology)
  • Gregory Ingle (Engineering)
  • Sarah Hirschmann (Education)
  • Michael Guirey (Engineering), and
  • Trevor Mannausa (Trip Leader) Assistant Director of Residence Life

Nazareth Farms

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