We made it home last night at 1:30 AM after battling traffic and rain showers for a better part of the trip. Our journey ended with one last prayer of Saint Therese and Angelus in the school parking lot. As our participants headed home and I'm sure straight to bed, they have many great memories from the week to reflect on. For some, it was the first time seeing the Appalachian Mountains or the first time using power tools. Many friendships were formed throughout the week with those we worked alongside with. Lives were touched by the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.performed. Faith was deepened as it was put into practice. Check out the slideshow highlight video from our week. Thank you all for the prayers and support to make this trip possible!
Today was day four of our adventure in West Virginia. Soreness and tiredness have set in but our spirits were still high. We continued to work at different sites from morning until the afternoon. In the evening we immersed ourselves into West Virginia culture by partaking in a good ole fashioned Ho" Down in the Bishop Hodges Barn. The highlight though was our time in adoration. Prayer teams were available to pray over anyone with special intentions and reconciliation was offered as well. Listen to Ben, Tess and Kayla share about their day. When tired and sore from kingdom building, there's no better place to go than return to the one whose kingdom it is. To the everlasting Father and the Son who reigns on high. With the Spirit blest, proceeding forth from each eternally. Be salvation, honor, blessing. Might and endless majesty.
Today was a very filled day. We started as always in the chapel for morning prayer which consisted of a focus on music as a powerful form of prayer. A lot of great work was accomplished despite the sun beating down and racing the clock to avoid a late afternoon storm. The evening consisted of all out war and by war we mean an epic multi team dodge ball challenge with a bunch of twists. We capped off the evening around the bonfire for a Manus Christi tradition that is a participant favorite for many. Hear Annabelle and Sarah share some thoughts about their day.
Today was our first day at our different work sites. We began the day in the chapel for morning prayer. We prayed a sung version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. After breakfast we all went off to our jobs for the day. Each youth attending Manus Christi will experience one stay day. A stay day is a day in which you perform acts of stewardship at the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center as well as take part in some experiential learning activities. Hear Rachel and Sarah talk about their stay day as well as our themes of the day, person-hood and common good.
After leaving at 2:00 AM and 12+ hours of driving, we finally arrived to our destination, the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center in West Virginia for the Manus Christi Mission Trip. Although we were tired from the journey, everyone remained in great spirits. Our evening consisted of a family style dinner, an fantastic mass and an orientation session. We ended the evening in prayer with our parish group. Sleep was a welcomed friend and we prepared ourselves for the hard work in the days to come. Hear Meghan and Ragan share a little bit about our first day.