New Orleans Mission Trip

Marist High School juniors traveled to New Orleans in mid-February to serve the community and grow in faith during a five day mission trip sponsored by the school’s campus ministry department.

The 26 juniors were led by senior leaders Erick Hofer and Ashley Smialek, who went on the trip last year. Five teachers also participated. The group split up into small teams at four worksites each day. They helped clean up and organize The Gathering, a church that operates Camp Hope, a volunteer camp for groups like Marist’s that come to help organizations and people throughout the city. The students also worked at a community garden in the Lower Ninth Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. They worked on composting, planting vegetables, feeding livestock, and installing new landscaping.  The group helped paint fences and clean up the campus of a facility for adults with special needs. They also peeled, primed, and painted the dugouts at a community baseball complex that had gone unused for years. They closed the week by working at Rescue Ranch, a charity that takes in abused and neglected horses and provides equine therapy to teens and adults. The students cleaned the stalls, and groomed and fed the horses.

File_004Each day’s work was capped off by an evening prayer service and reflection about the service and the people they helped. “The students come to make some powerful observations about different cultures, people’s struggles, and social justice issues,” Patrick Meyer ’10, Marist’s campus minister explained. “They realize they can help make a change.”

The students also got to explore the culture of New Orleans. They attended mass at St. Louis Cathedral, and toured the French Quarter and Tulane University.

Marist has offered a mission to New Orleans since 2010. Typically there are three domestic and two international mission trips offered each school year. During Easter break, students will travel to Colorado on a mission trip.

In the photo, students work on moving gravel at the community garden. 


Many thanks to the students and adults who went on the trip, and the students' parents for their support!

Joey Bennett  
Annie  Bojan  
Emma  Brennan  
Luke  Bullington   
Mariellen  Burke   
Kayley  Carey  
Jack Carmody  
Tom  Englehart  
Graham Faeh  
Matt Finn  
Erick Hofer   
Leah  Hood   
Ciara  Johnson  
Matt Jones   
John  Kruse   
Keagan Lenz  
Alex  McBrearty  
Molly  Moore   
Delaney  Mulcahy  
Julius  Owens  
Anna  Pellegrini  
Ellen  Przepiora  
Ashley  Smialek   
Claire  Stillman  
Elizabeth Travnik  
Becca  Valek  
Brendan  Watson  
Ryan  Wollenberg  
Mr. Nick  Billone English Department
Ms. Bridget Hopkins '09 Director of Student Activities
Mr. Patrick  Meyer '10  Campus Minister 
Ms. Kerry Mullaney Development Office
Ms. Sarah Peters Social Studies Department

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