Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Three years ago today

from Andrew J McIlree

date Thu, Aug 11, 2007 at 2:32 PM

subject a successful finish to a rewarding year

Dear friends and supporters of my Jesuit Volunteer year --

My final week in North Philly started out with the usual news: another
shooting on our corner, twenty-five year old Jason Brewer, who died at
the scene of multiple gunshot wounds. But it ended positively when I
helped get another of my clients, Yolanda Blossom and her family, out
of a shelter and into affordable housing.

The hike was just what I needed to sweat out North Philly and to start
processing the past year into positive lessons and experiences. My
fellow JVs and I hiked the Blue Ridge stretch of the Appalachian Trail
in eastern central Pennsylvania, the same line of mountains used by
Robert E Lee to screen his army's invasion in June of 1863. The trail
was some of the most gorgeous and challenging I've been on, and I
really loved it. A handful of JVs and I opted for the "extended"
portion of the hike, completing 42 miles in three days.

Now I'm back in Wisconsin to start the next big adventure, which is to
be determined. Thank you all for supporting me emotionally,
spiritually, and financially during my time as a Jesuit Volunteer.
I'm truly blessed.



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Unusual Light

'Many times after camp is made and chores are finished, there is a moment of quiet when reality comes and the outside world seems like a mirage. With a wilderness vista before me, the world's conflicts and confusions suddenly are unimportant, and I know within myself evil will pass, and the real world, the one of the spirit, will survive.'
Sigurd Olson, 1978

Photos taken around Grand Marais, Minnesota in July 2010