Saint Joseph’s University Students and Faculty Help Build Grotto For WMF2015

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Saint Joseph's University faculty and student body are volunteering for the World Meeting of Families.

"The students at St. Joe's University have been electrified by the Popes visit," Daniel Joyce, S.J. said.

Students and faculty will participating in the tradition of Mary, Undoer of knots, and  by helping create a grotto outside  of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul designed by public artist Meg Saligman.

"That grotto is going to be constructed by these knots…these prayers that people hold in their hearts, their hopes, their aspirations for a better world.  Our students are a participant in helping to build that,” Rev. Daniel Joyce said, Executive Director of Mission Programs at Saint Joseph’s University.

On these pieces of paper are prayers, words of encouragement and quotes for people who are going through tough times in search of comfort. At the grotto people can take the piece of paper to pray for others.

"These knots are meant to connect people. Not only in prayer, in hope and in remembrance but also hopefully inspiring future actions as well," Lindsay Hueston said, student at Saint Joseph's University.

Many in the St. Joe's student body already feel inspired.

"Students at St. Joe’s participating in the world meeting of families and the papal visit I think give us students the sense of pride. That we are attending a Jesuit university and its an exciting time," Sarah Ferguson said. "It also allows us to talk about issues that we are very passionate about and we know that Pope Francis is very passionate about."

This piece aired on September 19th on the "In Focus Papal Show with Steve Highsmith"

By:David Grzybowski/ PHL17

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