In June 2016, 50 students and 25 chaperones from Dallas Catholic high schools traveled to Nicaragua for a 10-day mission trip to help some of the country’s poorest communities. What they received in return, is more than they imagined.
Deacon Danny Grover sat in front of the television in the basement at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on the south side of Oklahoma City, Okla. He watched the updates on the television flash across the screen as the storm rolled through his hometown of Moore.
For students at five high schools in the Diocese of Dallas, a highlight of the summer involved a youth mission trip to Nicaragua. We asked a student from each of the five high schools involved to share their reflections on this life-changing experience with the readers of The Texas Catholic. Below they share their […]
Sitting at his laptop after a long day of volunteer work during Mission Laredo, Kurt Klement began sifting through the hundreds of photos taken by his teen volunteers at their respective work sites. Next to him was a copy of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” a text whose message of caring for the poor Klement had been constantly drilling into his teens. With each photo, he saw that message come to life.
When I came to SMU Catholic a year ago, I found that ministry, especially ministry to the poor, is a huge part of what we do here at SMU; actually one of the core things we do locally here in Dallas. We do a lot already in Dallas, but when I came it was an incredible opportunity to help the students understand the bigger church. The church is definitely here in Dallas, beginning in our homes, our parishes, our schools. But the church continues to grow even beyond the bounds of the Metroplex.
On July 13-19, teens from parishes such as St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Pius X, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano, Holy Family of Nazareth in Irving, and St. Martin of Tours in Forney banded together and took part in a week-long mission trip colloquially known as FISH camp; the acronym meaning, Forever I Serve Him.
Alive in You is a Catholic service camp and conference that takes place in five different cities each summer, with more than 300 teens from all over the country at each camp. There are three days of service followed by a weekend conference. We also have Mass, adoration, a great band, amazing speakers, crazy group games and reconciliation spread throughout the week.
On June 14, more than 30 young adults gathered at DFW airport and waited to board a plane that would take them on a mission trip they would never forget. This was the second annual Peru Mission Trip that St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell has hosted for young adults, and I was fortunate enough to be a returning missionary.
Nearly nine years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the home of her aunt and uncle in Slidell, La., Jenni Carmichael returned to New Orleans, a place she calls her second home; and for the second time, she brought a bus full of teen volunteers from St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen.
While many youth groups opted to travel out of state for their mission trip this year, teens at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall decided to lend a hand to residents in their own backyard and their own parish.