The second group was several women who are discerning a vocation to religious life. They were here over the Labor Day weekend. They spent Saturday at a service project and the rest of the time either praying or playing. Our Cincinnati associate, Anne, who is from NO came and made pralines with us. Pralines (pronounced praw-leen) are a big deal here and they are all sugar and pecans. We all had a great time with that.
On Friday we sent the third group home. They were here from Creighton U in Omaha and they came on Saturday night and left the next Friday. They spent the four work days working on a house. We managed a music and food festival on evening and they went with their house supervisor to a Brazilian dance class. They were a fun bunch and we reflected and played and prayed with them.
One of the things I love about NOLA is the music and how available it is at little or no cost. Usually there is someone selling food but the music is free and it is wonderful. I am also learning a bit about the history of the city because that also gets aired at weekend-long celebrations. There is still much to learn and lots of time in which to learn it. In January there will be a celebration of the War of 1815 when the British were held off here. I am looking forward to attending some of that. To say nothing of Mardi Gras!