Campus Ministry staff spread mercy at local drop-in center

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Wearing a blue pullover and a white, knitted scarf, Nancy Beitler, business manager in the Office of Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame, poured coffee from a silver carafe, warming the cups of cold guests at Our Lady of the Road, a drop-in center for men, women and children in South Bend.

Nearby, Patrick Kronner, choral program director and organist and director of the Women’s Liturgical Choir and the Community Choir in Campus Ministry, washed dirty cups and plates in a tub of soapy water.

The two are among a group of about 30 Campus Ministry employees who volunteer at Our Lady of the Road on a regular basis, assisting with food preparation and service, dishes, laundry and other tasks in the Christian tradition of corporal and spiritual acts of mercy. Read more here.

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