Friday, 26 February 2010

US Students visit to Corrymeela and Rathlin Island

Voyage Across The Atlantic
26 February 2010

A group of 14 St. Bonaventure University seniors plan to get a taste of Northern Ireland culture and Father Mychal F. Judge, O.F.M.'s spirit of service this upcoming midterm break. ....

The group will begin its trip in Northern Ireland and plans to visit several small communities within the region such as Ballycastle, Sorokes said.

Ballycastle is the home to Corrymeela Community, a Christian retreat center aimed at building peace and reconciling social, religious and political divisions in Northern Ireland.

Sorokes said he believes this experience with the Corrymeela Community will help the students learn methods of reconciliation by meeting with military members, former criminals and refugees, and families affected by the Northern Ireland conflict. ....

The students will perform their required LAP hours by traveling to Rathlin Island, off the coast of Northern Ireland, and cleaning up the beach, which has become a dumping ground over time, Sorokes said.