Eight collegians from Jesuit-founded Canisius College in Buffalo are here this week for alternative spring break volunteering: 7 gals and 1 guy--and he from the country of Rwanda in eastern Africa.
The first day he was here John volunteered at our St. Benedict Education Center which has a program right now in English and cultural adaptation for the large number of recent African and Middle Eastern immigrants to Erie. They were very surprised to have someone who spoke Swahili with them!
There used to be 5-6 Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries in Rwanda, but at least some of them had to disperse for some time during a cruel civil war in the 90s. I think most of the houses are up and running again, but I'm not 100% sure. Many of them were founded from monasteries in Belgium. Some of the monks and sisters were taken to Europe during the most violent times.
Our early spring continues and, because of the lifting of our normal late-winter cloudy skies, nightly sunsets over the lake can be seen again. Here's one from this week taken right at our lake shore.