The Mission Hub

The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Monday, March 25, 2013

God Is My Light

The Catholic University of America (CUA), located in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1887 by the
American bishops as the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States.  Although its original purpose was to provide graduate level education, by 1904 its mandate expanded to include undergraduate students.  Today the campus houses twenty-one research facilities and thirteen schools, including the School of Canon Law from which I graduated in 1991. Since that time, news stories about the university catch my eye.  This week, I was particularly pleased to read about the mission trips sponsored by the office of Campus Ministry.

The Office of Campus Ministry at the university is staffed by the Franciscan friars and the coordinator of these mission trips is Brother Jim Moore, O.F.M. Conv.  Catholic News Agency reports that almost one hundred students and staff are involved in these mission trips this year.  Currently, twenty students are completing a spring break mission journey to Jamaica, while another eleven are working in Ecuador.  These trips provide an opportunity for students and advisors alike to immerse themselves in a different culture, complete various service projects, and bring the light of faith to the people with whom they interact. 

According to the university website, these mission trips began in the summer of 2001 when a group of students traveled to Guatemala to help in the local schools and farms.  Since then, trips have taken students to Panama, Honduras, Belize, and Tanzania, in addition to Jamaica and Ecuador.  The most enduring value of this outreach is echoed in the following words on the website:

Through these various service opportunities, the students have the privilege to meet, serve, and be welcomed by the poorest of the poor.  Hearts are changed, eyes are opened, and the desire to serve is ignited.

Those who give of themselves in this way usually find that they receive even more than they give.  Hats off to the campus ministry and students at CUA, who give flesh and blood to the motto of the university and share God’s light with those to whom they are missioned, and with each other. I would be interested in hearing from any of our readers who have participated in similar missionary experiences.  Please write to me at 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184 or
-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL 

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