On a mission

Twenty-six Marist High School juniors participated in a mission trip to New Orleans in mid-February. The group spent six days providing service and support to local organizations.New_Orleans_004

Each day, the students broke into small groups and worked at a variety of places in the New Orleans area. The teens packaged food at a pantry and met clients as they came to pick up their monthly package. Others volunteered at a local grade school, helping with clean up and playing with the students. One group spent a day working at a community garden that supports people with disabilities. The students dug irrigation trenches and rebuilt a brick compost station. Others also worked at a senior citizen center and on painting projects at a local church and volunteer camp. The week culminated with all the students working together at Rescue Ranch, which takes in abused horses and helps rehabilitate them and people through caretaker programs. Marist students cleaned out stalls, groomed the horses, and fed them, among other duties.

Each evening, the group gathered for prayer and reflection, learning about social justice and their call to help those least favored. There was also time for the group to take in the culture of New Orleans. They attended a Mardi Gras parade, enjoyed local food specialties, and hiked through a national park.

For many it was the first time traveling without their parents, and the first time participating in a program like this. Two more trips are scheduled this year. Marist students will travel to upstate New York near the Marist Brothers’ Retreat Center and Jamaica during Easter break to do community service.  

The students who are participated are:

Liam  Clair 
Brianna  Clancy 
Tricia  Cody 
Brendan  Cooke 
Mackenzie   Germino
Amelia  Gonzalez 
Joe  Inzinga 
Riley  Kilroe 
Caimin  Long 
Ellie  Mineman
Fredrick Hofer
Carolan  O'Connell
Gloria  Robinson
Kate  Rochowicz
Katie  Ross 
Kelsey  Ryan 
Ashley  Smialek
David  Snooks 
Meghan  Stapleton
Cara  Stevens
Justin  Tringl 
Madeline  Tucker 
Claire  Walsh
Megan  Ward 
Elizabeth  Paulmeyer 
Bradley  Garla



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