Students, along with staff members of the college, will travel across and outside of the United States this coming week for the college’s annual spring break mission trips. Traveling to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Chimayo, New Mexico, and Chicago, Illinois, 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 years, with students leaving Christendom’s Front Royal, Virginia, campus for a week in the spring to travel across the globe in service of others. In past years, students have traveled to Malta, Peru, Honduras, Colorado, the Bronx, and elsewhere, bringing Christendom’s mission to “restore all things in Christ” out into the culture at large to help the less fortunate.

Spring break is typically seen as a time for relaxation and vacations, but many Christendom students use this time to instead help the less fortunate. This year, 12 students and two staff members of the college will travel to the Dominican Republic to partner with the Diocese of Arlington and serve at their mission in Banica. Continuing the work of founding faculty member Dr. Raymond O’Herron, who started the annual trip, students will work on renovating a school kitchen, laying a concrete floor for a chapel, along with teaching English to school children in the mountain village of Bartolo.

9 students and three staff members will also travel to Honduras, where they will spend their time evangelizing in various mountain villages near Comauagua with the Missioners of Christ. In Chicago, 15 students and 1 staff member will work in the “border towns” of Momence and St. Anne to serve the migrant communities who work on local farms. Finally, 4 students will travel to Chimayo, New Mexico, to go on pilgrimage with students from Seton Hall University and religious from the community of St. John.

These mission trips will provide students with a variety of opportunities to perform spiritual works of mercy during the Lenten season, 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.

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