On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 seminarians Michael Danhofer, Joel Brady, and Kevin Mellis gave a short presentation on their participation in International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)'s Seminarian Home Build, a project in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity and other orthodox seminaries. The week-long project focused on building homes in the New Orleans area, which is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The IOCC regularly assembles these home build teams in areas where they are needed, but this was the first one specifically made up of seminarians.
Michael Danhofer gave a brief account of the week's events and spoke about the devastation in the area.
Joel Brady spoke about the value of seminarians coming together for practical service, to lay the groundwork for future cooperation among clergy and to tie theological education to the very practical living of the Gospel commandments.
Kevin Mellis spoke on the central importance of care for the poor as an aspect of the Christian calling, and on practical ways to get involved in charitable work, particularly through supporting the work of IOCC and through careful and sensitive response to the needs observed in one's own community.