Recent Group Missions
May 15-29, 2012 Costa Rica MCV Group Mission with the Catholic University of America
Students from Campus Ministry at the Catholic University of America served as short-term Missionary Cenacle Volunteers through this recent MCV Group Mission in Costa Rica from May 15-29, 2012. The group spent the first week of this two-week mission at the seminary of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity near Costa Rica's capital city San José. The volunteers did construction work on a chapel being built by a neighborhood committee, lead games and lessons with children at the chapel and a nearby school, visited a senior citizens' center, and served meals at a soup kitchen.
After a nine-hour bus ride through the mountains and rain forest, the group arrived in the rural town of Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula. There they spent a week cleaning and painting the exteriors of two local churches as well as visiting children at chapels and schools in outlying villages. The week ended with a vigil celebration of Pentecost at the local parish Santo Domingo de Guzman, a mission of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.
The volunteers deepened their experience through nightly prayer and reflection together, and also attended mass in Spanish with the local community.
One volunteer shared these thoughts after this, his second MCV mission to Costa Rica: I applied for a mission trip in my sophomore year because I wanted to serve others while also immersing myself in a foreign country, culture, and language. I had an amazing experience during those two weeks which left me with a desire for more. I was lucky enough to be asked to return this year. I am so glad that I went back, because I had another great experience with an excellent team, and learned a lot more about Costa Rica.
March 3-10, 2012 Costa Rica MCV Group Mission with the Catholic University of America
Students from Campus Ministry at The Catholic University of America served with MCV in Costa Rica during this Alternative Service Break. The volunteers were given a warm welcome at the seminary of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity near San José, Costa Rica. Service projects included construction work on a chapel being built by a neighborhood committee, games and lessons with children in two communities, a visit to a senior citizens' center, and serving meals to the homeless. The volunteers enjoyed testing out their Spanish abilities while getting to know the seminarians and local people. There was also time to explore some of the city, play some soccer, and enjoy home-cooked Costa Rican meals. Throughout the week, the group shared in mass, prayer and reflection.
One volunteer shared this reflection at the conclusion of her time on mission: We have all seen God's grace in different places, but grace has surrounded all of us. There was Grace in all of our mission: from our flight, meeting Padre Edgar and the seminarians, going to the chapel, doing hard labor, playing with the kids, going to mass, creating a community. As missionaries we are fulfilling the Gospel call. We are living as Jesus did. We are giving and receiving--a reciprocal call. We are giving all of our selves and receiving much more than we could have ever imagined. God's love has brought us here. His love surrounds us. Let us remember God's grace and love. This mission is never-ending.
March 3-10, 2012 Montgomery, AL MCV Group Mission with Baldwin-Wallace College
May-June 2011 Two MCV Group Missions in Costa Rica
In May 2011 MCV led a two-week mission with students from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In June MCV led a one-week mission for Youth Group volunteers from All Saints Parish in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Both groups flew into San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and then took a nine-hour bus ride through the mountains and rain forest to the fronteir town of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula. There they worked with community members to make improvements to the local church Santo Domingo de Guzman, a mission of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. Volunteers shared in the faith life of the community, enjoyed authentic Costa Rican cuisine, and practiced their Spanish while playing games with youth at chapels in the outlying villages.
View more photos from the All Saints Parish Youth Group mission in the album on facebook.
One CUA volunteer shared this reflection:
I went to Costa Rica as a volunteer for the first time in 2010, and had the most amazing experience. I learned so much about myself and the people of Costa Rica. In 2011, I was honored to be asked to return to Costa Rica as a leader. The first year, we worked on building the foundation of a church for two weeks in a rural town called Palo Seco.
While there, we made friends with the neighborhood children, in particular two adorable little girls that lived next to the work site. I was hoping that we would get back to Palo Seco on my second trip, and sure enough we did! Upon returning we had a very warm welcome (everyone else on this second trip had never been to Costa Rica before except the other leaders). When the two little girls saw us, they ran into our arms. I was so touched by the fact that they remembered us and that the Church was nearly finished. Both trips were some of my most memorable and amazing experiences to date!
Read more in this article on CUA's website.
March 2011 Two MCV Alternative Service Breaks in Camden, Mississippi
MCV coordinated week-lon group missions for students from Newman Campus Ministry at Baldwin-Wallace College and an interfaith student group from the College of Wooster during their colleges' respective Spring Breaks. The groups were hosted by Sacred Heart Parish in Camden, MS, a rural mission of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.
The Camden community gave a very warm welcome to the volunteers, who visited and did repair work on parishioners' homes, helped with after-school tutoring and a Spring Break week day camp for local school children, and shared in the vibrant faith life of the parish.
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