Charles, Fr. Pat, and Pat (we have a lot of Pats here!) and I were there to greet them, pack them and all of their luggage into our cars, and drop them off at their new home. They arrived on a beautiful, sunny day, and we hated to tell them that a day like that, while spectacular, is rare in Juneau!
The next day, they came to Mass at the Cathedral, and after lunch, we drove them around Juneau - to Salmon Creek to see the spawning salmon, to St Paul's to see the icons, and to the Mendenhall Glacier to see the glacier (of course) and the bears (unfortunately the bears were laying low that day).
They will be volunteering at AWARE (the local women's shelter), Juneau Youth Services, The Canvas at REACH (a community arts studio that works with people with developmental disabilities), ORCA (Outdoor Recreational and Community Activities for people with disabilities), and Catholic Community Services' Teen Parent Program and Family Services.
We are so happy they are here with us for the year! Please keep them in your prayers for a successful year of Community, Simple Living, Social Justice and Spirituality, the four Jesuit Volunteer values!
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