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Holy Cross Students share their Mission Experience

Eleanor Monahan, CND

On January 16, students and teachers from Holy Cross Secondary School in Kingston, shared with the Sisters at Providence Mother House, their experiences of Mission in Jamaica and with the homeless people in Toronto. They spoke with warmth and enthusiasm of the time they spent with the poorest people in small villages near Kingston, Jamaica. They were impressed with the children’s joy and eagerness toward going to school. These children appreciate the privilege they have in getting an education and are so grateful for everything that is done for them. The students remarked how they often resist going to school themselves for some reason or another. This experience in so many ways has enabled them to not take so many things they have for granted. One activity that really engaged their energy and gave them a sense of accomplishment was helping to build a house.

Another experience that touched another group deeply was spending time with homeless people in Toronto. Here they saw first-hand the extreme poverty people are driven to through job loss and other social realities of our age. Preparing and serving meals for these people allowed them close contact with individuals engendering a deepened respect and appreciation for the persons whose lives have been so broken by social ills.

The students all stated that whichever experience they had shared they felt it was a life-changing moment and will remain with them always.

 

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