The Brother Martin faculty and staff put on their working gloves for the annual Faculty Day of Experience held on Monday, April 18, 2016. To answer the call of “Mercy” from Pope Francis, the faculty and staff took time away from their daily duties to perform volunteer work for the St. Bernard Project (SBP). Before work began, volunteer coordinators held an orientation at SBP headquarters in Chalmette where they spoke about the history and mission of the SBP. Then, Campus Ministry Director Tom Baier blessed the day with a prayer after which groups went to various homes in the Gentilly area to continue with interior and exterior renovations. Every one became busy painting, installing flooring, caulking, scraping, and sanding. Leading the Brother Martin family were AmeriCorps volunteers who were assigned to each home where they supervised the work. Finally, at the end of the day Brother Martin faculty and staff finished their projects with the knowledge that they carried out their corporal work of mercy and worked on a shelter that will house a family one day in the future.
St. Bernard Project’s mission is to shorten the time between disaster and full recovery by ensuring that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner.