For the 13th year, Northern Illinois University has joined forces with the PVs for their spring break service. We met the students last night as they arrived in Pineville at the new Arby's. (Yes, you read that right there is now an Arbys in the heart of Pineville.) After a quick set of hellos they piled back into their cars and we took them out to Baileysville Community Center, the place they will call home for the next week.
We are happy to report that all clocks were moved ahead correctly and all arrived at Holy Cross on time for Mass this morning. Once again the Holy Cross community welcomed in the PVs with welcome arms. We are always greeted so warmly by the parish and feel right at home, they are a special group of people. After Mass the students headed over to the Pineville Biscuit World for lunch. (Yes, you read that correctly too, there is now a Biscuit World in Pineville. The number of restaurants in Pineville seemed to have doubled over night!) After a quick grocery shop, the group headed up to Twin Falls for a little community bonding. While they were up exploring the beauty of Twin Falls, We (Jenny, Dan and Jill) went out to check out sites that they students will be working on this week, as well as the volunteers this summer.
The evening came to a conclusion with an orientation for the NIU students and the PV Commissioning Service. Each student was anointed and given the PV cross connecting them to greater PV community.
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