Spring mission teams prepare for sendoffs

BY MELISSA SOLANO

It’s that time of year again. Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Missions of Peace teams will be travelling during spring break to help out in various locations, from across the country in San Diego to staying in Steubenville.

Bryan Wells is a freshman going on his first mission trip. He and 14 others, including leaders, are heading to sunny San Diego this spring break to spread the love of Christ.

“What I’m looking forward to the most is conversion,” said Wells. “I’m stoked to be able to come in contact with so many kids, some of which I’ll hopefully be able to help draw closer to Christ. I know in the process of being a witness to the faith, I will also be able to experience these kids witness to me and change me. What I’m looking forward to the least is that, looking at the schedule, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting much sleep.”

During their trip, the team will lead 10 major retreats, participate in holy hours and serve the community through spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Edward Bardella is going on his second mission trip, this time as a leader rather than a member. He and 11 others, including the Rev. David Morrier, TOR, will venture to New Mexico to labor and minister to the elderly with the Little Sisters of the Poor. They will serve the homeless with the Missionaries of Charity and work at a school for the mentally and physically handicapped in St. Michael’s, Arizona. The New Mexico missionaries will also run a grade school retreat and a high school retreat.

“It’s not about what we get out of the retreat, it’s what we give,” Bardella said.

Chelsea St. Peter will be one of 45 Franciscan students doing missionary work in Steubenville.

“I am looking forward to being able to serve the community by working on our various service projects and for the chance to pray with the people of Steubenville,” said St. Peter. “I am excited to share God’s love with the city and help them to know His love.”

The team will be doing a variety of activities, such as street evangelization and working closely with the Franciscan TOR sisters downtown.

Olivia Titus will be one of 32 people attending the Jamaica Mission trip. For her first Mission of Peace trip, she will be assisting her team in helping out at local schools, soup kitchens and house blessings.

“I felt called to serve the Jamaican people and get to know them better,” said Titus.

Regardless of whether they’re staying in the United States or going to another country, Franciscan students hope to make a difference wherever they go, spreading the love and teachings of Christ.

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