|The 13 Pinecrest seniors who will be giving a year of volunteer service in the RC Mission Corps.|
June 8, 2010. Cumming, Georgia. This year, 13 out of
Pinecrest Academy’s 53 graduates will defer their college acceptance
for one year and volunteer to serve the Church all
over the world in the Regnum Christi Mission Corps.
Formerly known as the coworker program, the RC Mission Corps
gives youth the opportunity to volunteer one to three years
of full-time service in Regnum Christi apostolates while living alongside
Legionary priests or consecrated women.
Since Pinecrest’s first senior class
in 2007, graduates have served in Spain, Ireland, and all
over the United States.
The concept of taking a year off
before college is widely increasing in popularity and has become
generally known as a “Gap Year.” Gap Year growth is
accelerating across all age groups in the UK, Australia, New
Zealand and Canada. The US is expected to witness a
boom in the coming years as the small percentage of
those who have passports starts to rise. In keeping with
the trend, colleges are recognizing the value of this maturing
time for young men and women and are willing to
defer the student’s entry to their institution until the year
Pinecrest Academy students offer this year in service
to the Church as a way of “giving back” for
all they have received.
Reflecting on her decision, senior Samantha
Swygman said, “First of all, I am going to go
because God asked me to, but I also am aware
of how much I have been given and would like
to give something back now, so that someone else might
be better equipped to fulfill their own God-given potential.”
classmate Mary Frain said, “How could I not give God
one year of my life after everything He has given
me? It was kind of something that was obvious for
me to do. I never thought twice about it. To
me, my volunteer year is going to be an act
of thanksgiving for all He has blessed me with, and
I’m going to try to live every moment for Him.”
more about the Regnum Christi Mission Corps at this link.