DePaul University's Vincent and Louise House: faith and simple living

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College is a time to discover yourself, to grow into yourself away from your family's influence and figure out what you want to do with your life. Frugal living is par for the course along with homework and a job, if you can squeeze it in. Ten students at DePaul University in Chicago took living simply a step further.

The Vincent and Louise House
at DePaul offers 10 students a chance to live a simpler, faith-based life and give back to the surrounding community. They live by five tenets -- faith, service, community, social justice and simple living -- for the 11-month stay in the house on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus.

"Not all the housemates are Catholic," says Judy Bafaro, 19, though most are. "I'm Roman Catholic and most of the house this year leans that way, but some are atheist. You just have to have a willingness to be open, since it is faith-based."