It is always amazing to take the time to hear about the story of Walsh’s founding. How the campus has grown from nothing but a field with one building to the larger and more well known campus that it is today, with nearly three thousand students is nothing short of amazing, especially in a little over fifty years. Much of the history of this campus, came from the Brothers of Christian Instruction, who founded our university, and who still have a presence on our campus to this day. These brothers are living history and have defined our university’s mission and vision from the very beginning and still today.
The past two years, there has been an organized trip of faculty and students that travel up to Alfred, Maine where many of the Brothers of Christian Instruction reside. They go at the beginning of the summer for a week to live in community with the brothers, learning from them and their experiences all while providing service for the brothers by helping to clean, organize, and remodel the campus on which they live as needed. This year is no exception, as a group of around twenty students will be attending the trip this May! I am so pleased to say that I will be a part of the group, and I know it is going to be such a wonderful experience.
While there, we will help the brothers to complete outdoor work, painting, remodeling, organizing and spring cleaning, but we will in fact be doing so much more than that. We will be providing the brothers with fellowship and community and we will have the chance to learn so much from the brothers as well. We will participate in daily prayer, Sunday mass, and all meal times with the brothers, and we will have the opportunity to learn firsthand more about Walsh, and how it has grown and changed from it’s beginnings.
This trip is so important to me, as a soon to be graduate of Walsh University. I am so blessed with this opportunity to know more about this wonderful place that has done so much for me over the past four years. I know that it will be the perfect way for me to end my time at Walsh, because I am already so proud of everything this campus is and everything it stands for. I cannot wait to give back to the men who have unknowingly played such an important part in the person I have become through my experiences at Walsh University. May 7th can’t get here soon enough!
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them” – John F. Kennedy