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Reflection and service

March 20, 2018
Greg Ingle working during Alternative Spring Break

Spring break provides an opportunity for students to take time away from their courses and prepare for the final weeks of the semester.  For students participating in the alternative spring break retreat, it is a time for reflection and service.

Seven Detroit Mercy students immersed themselves in service, community, simplicity and prayer during their spring break at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia.

“Without having access to a cell phone, you lose perception of time,” said Greg Ingle, senior in civil engineering and group leader.  “You are immersed in the present and can focus all of your attention on what you’re doing.”

The Detroit Mercy group joined students from other universities to combat rural poverty.  Projects included building porches, installing new flooring and working at a senior center.

Ingle is familiar with service to the community and taking time for reflection.  Last summer he toured the Holy Lands on a spiritual journey with his Lansing church.  See Busy summer for civil engineering student.

“It’s refreshing to serve,” said Ingle.  “You’re improving the quality of life for people but without realizing it, they are helping you.  I would much rather spend my time here than on a beach.  It’s rejuvenating.” 

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