|Missionaries from Benedictine College were among those who joined Fr. Michael Mitchell and Rebecca Olek in Haiti for Holy Week|
Mission Youth was very active in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during
Holy Week 2013. Giving of themselves generously were
44 high school and college missionaries, led by Regnum Christi
consecrated women Paola Treviño and Rebecca Olek and Legionary priests
Fr. Michael Mitchell, LC, chaplain of Mission Youth, and Fr. John
Gannon, LC, chaplain of Clear Water Academy.
Beneficiaries of the mission trip included an orphanage,
a clinic, a tent city and a parish church. The missionaries spent time helping in two of the
centers run by the Missionaries of Charity. The
missionaries cared for sick babies and orphans at a children´s
home and aided the sick patients at a home for
the dying, both run by the sisters. In
the tent city, missionaries helped distribute food and supplies as
well as spending time running activities for the children there.
“The children feel
very much abandoned without a proper school or playground area,”
said Paola. “The missionaries tried to brighten their
Easter celebrations with games and candy and clothing.”
|Missionary Aly Garrett with her new friend|
The missionaries also visited the parish church
Immaculate Conception in Gallet Chombon, just outside of Port-au-Prince. They
participated in the residents’ living Way of the Cross on
Good Friday. After praying with the villagers, missionaries
organized games, a soccer tournament and distributed food and clothing.
Two Challenge clubs in the
Midwest US offered their assistance through a new apostolic outreach
project. (Conquest youth clubs, also in the Midwest,
are also participating in this new effort.) After
receiving a presentation on the situation of the poor people
in Haiti, the young people spend the next week gathering
supplies (baby bottles, food, diapers, etc.) and fundraising to help
aid the Mission Youth missionaries on upcoming missions.
For this particular Holy Week mission, Challenge girls from Des
Moines, Iowa, made dresses for the Haitian girls.
They also gathered medical supplies and baby products to donate. And a Challenge club in Chicago made 300
colorful rosaries for children, which missionaries passed out in the
tent city and in the village of Gallet Chombon.
If you are interested in upcoming
mission trips to Haiti with Mission Youth, contact Rebecca Olek
|Members of the Des Moines, Iowa, Challenge group show the dresses they made|