2014 Mission Trips
By Alyssa Lyons
Once again, students are able to sign up for summer 2014 mission trips. If you missed the mission trip assembly, here is a summarization of each trip:
This will be the second trip down for the Saints. The sixteen girls, who attended, connected with Habitat for Humanity to work on houses for those who lost during Katrina in 2005. Last year, they were given the opportunity to paint the outside of a house, and start the process of a new building. Senior Allison Bailey said, “This trip was very inspiring, I am very glad that I had the opportunity to attend New Orleans.” The Saints were also involved in side walk construction while others used tools. Instead of working with Habitat, the girls will be working with the St. Bernard Project. The dates are set for April 12-19; girls will be flying this time to New Orleans.
Franciscans for the Poor Tau House Community
Students can expect to become aware of the act of service and get an education of the city of Cincinnati. This trip focuses on those here in our community seeking help. Last year, eleven Seton Students were in attendance. Senior Tori Scholl says, “It was awesome to see the sense of community Cincinnati offers, especially to those who are most in need of it.” The goal of this trip is for the girls to experience a week discovering the diverse culture of the city, and the focus of prayer. This year, Tau has offered the opportunity to work with a childcare program. The days of the trip are June 8-13.
This has become one of Seton’s more popular mission trips, being completely full each year (about thirty students in attendance). The first trip started in the summer of 2012. Students connect with the community of Liberty as well as Mount Notre Dame students. On this trip, girls are expected to put forth their best effort in helping the community of Liberty. Junior Amy Rapien says, “The week I spent in Liberty showed me the definition of simply living. It was also cool to meet some new people from MND.” This includes activities such as yard work, crop planting and picking, and experiencing the different cultures of those who live in Liberty. The days of the trip are listed as June 17-23. These spots get full fast!
This is one of the farthest trips Seton has to offer. In Guatemala, students stay at the Agua Viva Children’s Home. While the children are in school, students spend their day helping out the school by building, repairing, painting or planting. This trip has been increasing with interest each year. About eight students and four Seton Alumni were in attendance. Senior Lizzie Bruewer says, “I truly believe that I became closer to God though every kid, staff, chaperons, students, scripture, and prayer. By the end of the week, Guatemala became a second home, the people and children became my second family.” The girls also meet up with Alter High School from Dayton while on the trip. After the school day is over, the girls play with the children who live in Agua Viva. The dates of the trip are June 28-July 5;
The trip costs are still to be determined. Sister Sandy says, “We choose for our girls to participate in mission trips so that they can connect with new cultures and to experience life outside their comfort zone. Each mission trip offers hands on experience in the act of service.” If you would like more information regarding the trips, please contact S. Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.