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posted on 11/15/11
Saint Joseph's College to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Youth
Individuals from Saint Joseph's College and the Rensselaer community will gather to keep the light of hope burning for homeless youth as part of the 21st annual Candlelight Vigil, organized by Covenant House International. SJC's vigil will take place on Thursday, November 17. The vigil coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-19). SJC invites the public to join the vigil, which will be held at 4:30 pm CST in the Saint Joseph's Chapel on SJC's campus.
SJC will host one of the many vigils being held by churches, colleges, and service organizations across the United States and internationally, including Times Square in New York City, the United Nations, and all Covenant House locations. There will also be a virtual vigil held over the Internet.
At the SJC vigil, the men's and women's soccer teams will collect new and gently used T-shirts as a part of their annual "Pumas Take Off Their Shirts to Stop the Hurt for the Kids of Covenant House" T-shirt drive.
The student choir from Saint Augustine Catholic School in Rensselaer will again share their musical talents with those who attend the vigil.
"I feel very strongly that with this vigil we can call America's attention to a crushing national problem which threatens hundreds of thousands of our most vulnerable children," said Sister Patricia A. Cruise, S.C., friend and former President of Covenant House.
Founded in 1972, Covenant House has reached more than one million young people with immediate assistance and the support necessary to transition from a life on the streets to a life with a future.
For more information about Covenant House and resources for homeless youth, visit www.candlelight.covenanthouse.org. For more information on the vigil at SJC, contact Campus Minister Br. Tim Hemm, C.PP.S. '70 at 219.866.6110 or email@example.com.
Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 26 majors, 4 group majors, 28 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.
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