Author Archives: Claire Roehri


Taking Simplicity To Heart – Intercultural Senior Center -Omaha, NE

Simplicity is a value that is easily lost for me, swept under the rug to make room for a host of priorities and responsibilities. I am always multitasking, making lists in my planner, and looking at my daunting iCalendar schedule, blocking out my time from 8AM-11PM. It is very difficult for me to pay attention, [...]


Service & Justice in Nearby Native American Reservations – Winnebago, NE

I didn’t go far this fall break. There weren’t any trips to beaches or escapes to somewhere warm before the next few months of Midwest winter. I didn’t catch up on homework or rest. Eight others and I went to the village of Winnebago. We arrived in Winnebago Saturday afternoon. We stayed at St. Augustine, [...]

Sisters of Charity

The New Orleans Community Post Hurricane Katrina – Sisters of Charity

The New Orleans Service and Justice Trip brought me more gifts than I ever expected, and I would not trade the experience for anything. When we arrived in New Orleans, we met with the Sisters of Charity, our hosts for the week. Sister Vickie, Sister Claire, Sister Peg, and Sister Monica took such good care [...]


Frustration, Community, and Hope – Albuquerque, NM

Frustration, community, and hope are the three words I use to describe my experience at St. Martin’s Hopeworks over fall break. These three concepts are definitely intertwined but each gave me so much grace that will carry me into my future of working for justice. Frustration. Our group worked with and for people experiencing homelessness [...]

The Power of Faith in North Omaha – North Omaha, NE

On the first morning of our service trip, our sleepy group gathered and were asked about our previous experience with North Omaha. A majority of the group had little experience with the area, and agreed being at Creighton had fostered some pretty negative stereotypes about it. A bit of anxiety, we admitted, was present as [...]

Civil Rights Lessons – Montgomery, AL

Throughout reflection, we constantly discussed barriers and challenges to our everyday encounters. I consistently experienced this specific, recurring burden of despair. That despair blossomed inside of my gut with each narrative we heard and each name I could add to the list of those killed by injustice. And can I just say, “killed by injustice” [...]



Memphis Standing Together – Memphis, TN

Community by definition means, “A social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists.” In Memphis, Tennessee, community embodies something much more tangible and emotional, though. The moment we crawled out of our minivan on [...]

The Stories Behind the Handprints – Albuquerque, NM

This Spring Break, I had the privilege to get to know the clients and staff at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, a day shelter serving the homeless population, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I say “privilege” because the stories I heard were filled with vulnerability, laced with hurt, yet also full of joy- it was a privilege [...]

ABQ Handprints Pic

Kansas City12

Being Present in Moments of Joy – Kansas City L’Arche

Coming into L’arche community, I didn’t know what to expect. We had been told it was a community that helped with mentally and physically handicapped individuals, but this barely scratched the surface of what L’arche truly was. I spent time in the day center where we did arts and crafts. At every turn, I met [...]

A Final Message from the Women of El Paso – El Paso Annunciation House

Leaving our service site of El Paso, TX I saw everyone in our group transform into individuals broken by the stories they heard and mended by the people they met. We had the pleasure of meeting many extraordinary speakers. We listened to their stories of how they tried to help the undocumented and promote immigration [...]

El Paso, A House5