Mountaintop Native Tessa Boyle Spends Spring Break Helping Others

Mountaintop native Tessa Boyle traveled to Syracuse, New York the week of March 9th to take part in Stonehill College’s annual H. O. P. E. Alternative Spring Break Program.

A member of the Class of 2016, Boyle will be volunteering with other Stonehill students for the L’Arche Community, a home which enables people with and without disabilities to share their lives in communities of faith and friendship.

Students who participate in the H. O. P. E. program form community with one another during the five months leading up to their trip. They learn about the culture, history and issues of social injustice in the communities they are destined to visit and serve.

The trips themselves are truly

immersive experiences, challenging students to engage the four tenets of H. O. P. E.:

•Honoring our neighbor

•Organizing for justice

•Practicing peace

•Encountering God

Upon their return, students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and to integrate the pursuit of social justice into their day-to-day lives.

Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts.