DePaul Softball Vincentian Trip to France and Holland Filled to Capacity
March 5, 2013
CHICAGO - A record number of parents and relatives will accompany the DePaul softball team to France and Holland on a 10-day trip in August to walk in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul.
If only there was a way to accommodate more people.
"We have reached the limit for this trip," said DePaul Associate Athletic Director Kathryn Statz. "We definitely wish there was a way we could take more people.
"The response has been tremendous. People see it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Vincentian heritage and to walk side by side with our student-athletes."
Blue Demon pitcher Kirsten Verdun will be accompanied by her mother, Judy Verdun, two aunts (Barbara Conner and Sharon McDonald), an uncle (Kevin Conner), a cousin (Brendan Conner) and her grandmother, Marilyn Pedelty.
"It's so exciting to have this once-in-a-lifetime chance, and it's even better because I get to share it with my family," Kirsten Verdun said. "It's going to be great to spend time with my grandmother who lives in Naples, Fla.
"All of them have supported me throughout my softball career. They've come to my games when they can and otherwise follow along on the internet. I'm really fortunate that I get to go on a trip like this with all of them.
"I love history. We'll get to see chapels and cathedrals and relive the keys moments of St. Vincent de Paul's life. To take what we're learning in class and actually go there is really cool. We'll get to visit the Eiffel Tower, go on the Seine River cruise and see the bright lights of Paris."
The heritage trip to Vincentian sites in Paris is led by Reverend Edward R. Udovic, C.M., Ph.D., who presently serves as Secretary, Senior Executive for University Mission, and Vice President for Teaching and Learning Resources at DePaul. Father Udovic is also an associate professor in the history department.
"DePaul is really the center of Vincentian history and archives," Statz said. "We are the pre-eminent proponents for this type of education."