Ten Saint Vincent College Students Complete Service In Taiwan, China
Posted: Friday Jul 29, 2011
Ten Saint Vincent College students recently returned from a service mission to Taiwan and China sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry.
The students had an opportunity to help dress, feed and play with the children who reside at Cathwel Service, an orphanage in Taipei housing 120 youngsters who were born with disabilities, have serious illnesses, have been abandoned or are parentless.
They also visited the remote Taiwanese village of Chu-Bin where they played with the children and visited the elderly.
Their service work on the mainland was at China Little Flower, a special orphanage for sick, dying and handicapped babies and children who have been rejected or abandoned. They visited Holy Family Home where they played with 20 infants and toddlers and a group home for 20 older children who live with foster parents where they taught the group some English and engaged in various sports and games.
In addition to their service, the students also visited Taipei, Taiyan County, the Great Wall and the Imperial Palace. They had the opportunity to spend the day at a beach, hike to a beautiful waterfall, and walk on an impressive suspended bridge.
Standing, in the front, left to right, are Fr. Vincent Zidek, O.S.B., director of campus ministry; Alexis Rodgers, a senior psychology major from Pittsburgh (15220); Olivia Sharkey, a junior theology major from Philadelphia; Stephanie Pawlak, a 2011 graduate mathematics major from Pittsburgh (15234); Devin McGrath, a sophomore psychology major from McKees Rocks; in the back, left to right, are Dean Jordan, a senior history major from North Huntingdon; Brendan Guilday, a senior finance major from Gaithersburg, Maryland; Kevin Murray, a 2011 graduate mathematics major from Tega City, South Carolina; Grant Krally, a sophomore business undecided major from Bethel Park; Zachary Galasso, a senior accounting major from Pittsburgh (15211); and Tomas McLaughlin, a junior history major from Providence, Rhode Island. Not identified is a local female.