Nearly 18% of Christendom’s student body, along with alumni and faculty, will travel across and outside the United States this week for the college’s annual spring break mission trips. Traveling to Peru, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Malta, and Denver, Colorado, the students will spend their spring breaks giving to others and truly living out the mission of Christendom College.
Christendom has been sending students on mission trips for nineteen years, with close to a thousand students leaving Christendom’s Front Royal, Virginia, campus for a week in the spring to travel across the globe. Spring break is typically seen as a time for relaxation and vacations, but many Christendom students use this time to help the less fortunate instead. This year’s mission trips will also occur during the start of Lent, providing an extra spiritual dimension to the week.
In Peru, students will go to Lima to partner with Creatio, a non-profit group that serves the poor in that area. While there, they will assist with the building of steps into the side of a mountain to help residents travel down to obtain food and water.
Students will also travel to Honduras, where they will partner with theMissioners of Christ.There, the students will spend their time evangelizing in the country, mostly doing home visitations during the week.
Christendom students have been traveling to the Diocese of Arlington’s mission in Banica, Dominican Republic, for close to two decades and will do so again next week. Continuing the work of founding faculty member Dr. Ray O’Herron, who started the annual trip, students will engage in a construction project in the area while also spending time with residents.
Students will travel to Malta for the first time, under the guidance of professor and mission trips coordinator professor Mike Brown, along with his brother, and alumnus, Fr. Joseph Mary. In Malta, students will engage in a variety of service work, including painting, cleaning, and repairs, while also engaging in the culture and history of the country.
Finally, students will also travel to Denver, Colorado, to work with the homeless. Partnering with Christ in the City, students will be trained by the group and then perform homeless ministry in the city.
These mission trips will provide students with a variety of opportunities to perform spiritual works of mercy, helping them grow while they assist others. Christendom exists to educate the lay apostolate and “restore all things in Christ.” The spring break mission trips are a natural extension of that mission, as students bring Christ to the less fortunate throughout the world.