Christendom College freshman Bridget Handy recently published an article in the Arlington Catholic Herald on her experience during her spring break mission trip to the Dominican Republic. In her article, Handy echoes the words of St. John Paul the Great, in saying that “missionary activity is a matter for all Christians.”
We only spent one week in Bánica and the surrounding villages, but in that time I learned and grew so much in my understanding of Christ’s missionary mandate. On the last night with the children, I cried a lot, realizing that I may never see them again in this life. The deeper reason I was saddened, though, was because I felt like I was saying goodbye to a new aspect of God that I had discovered in them. While we had helped them all week by laying floors and playing with them, they had evangelized me all the more. They put into my heart in one week the seed of missionary activity. It was a life-changing…
This spring break, a record 90 Christendom students—25% of the Front Royal campus student body—went on mission trips. Since 1999, over 700 students, 30 faculty and staff, and 20 alumni have been sent on both domestic and international mission trips. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the program sent missionaries to the Dominican Republic (D.R.), Guatemala, Peru, and New York City.