Over Easter Break, twelve junior and senior students traveled to New Orleans to partake in Bishop Kenny’s first organized Mission trip.
“The goals of the trip included growing in faith, strengthening our relationships with each other, learning more about poverty in the United States, serving the marginalized communities of New Orleans, and developing skills for service in the future such as painting, sanding, caulking, weeding, and planting,” explains Mrs. Alex Maples, Campus Minister.
Bishop Kenny’s Campus Ministry paired with Catholic Mission Trips, who specialize in the facilitation of high school and college Mission trips within the United States and abroad. “They connect the small group to the local organization and help plan our service project,” said Mrs. Maples. The students, who visited for a week, were tasked with repairing the exterior of a single family house. This included preparing and painting the house exterior, repairing a fence, and yard work. “The team was amazing. They worked for 6 days straight, through rain, sun and mud to make the house as beautiful as they could.”
In addition to the service project, Catholic based reflections and small group activities, the students explored the French Quarter and visited Loyola New Orleans and Tulane University.
“We would like to return to work in New Orleans with the same community,” says Mrs. Maples. “The community we worked with on this trip is a team of volunteers living in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, called ‘His Hands 2 Go’. They run a church, a garden, a community center and a 4H club for inner city kids. They loved working with our BK students and want to create a long term relationship with us. We plan to return next year.”
The next Mission trip is scheduled for June 2018 and will be open for rising juniors and seniors. If interested or for more details, please contact Campus Minister Mrs. Alex Maples at firstname.lastname@example.org