Students arrived safely and were each greeted with Mardi Gras beads. The early crew spent the day adjusting to the Southern heat. It was 95 degrees today with a “feels like” temperature of 105! We had a picnic lunch at City Park while we waited for the rest of the crew and then all settled into Duchesne House for an orientation and welcome dinner. We closed with our opening Ceremony of Lights, joining our lights to the hundreds of previous Duchesne House visitors who have also lit a light representing wha they hoped to bring to their time in New Orleans. The girls are excited and have quickly recognized the many ways in which they are part of the same Sacred Heart family. Tomorrow we begin with a lively Jazz Mass at our local parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe and the International Shrine of St. Jude. From there we travel to our first site: the Whitney Plantation research museum. We’ll begin posting the students’ reflections in their own words at the end of each day beginning tomorrow. Please use this blog to stay up to date on your daughter’s time here and feel free to share the link with family and friends. We hope this allows you to give your daughter the space to be as fully present as she can be.
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Duchesne House for Volunteers, in New Orleans, Louisiana, offers hospitality, immersion experiences and reflection for youth and young adults ages 16-30 doing service rebuilding homes, meeting people in New Orleans still dealing with the long term effects of Hurricane Katrina, exploring the various histories of the city, learning about the causes of the devastation and engaging in reflection and discussion with Religious of the Sacred Heart and others at Duchesne House. View all posts by Duchesne House for Volunteers