U.S. Province Mission – Embracing Our Call To Discipleship
Twelve CHS students participated in the 5th Annual U.S. Province Mission in Biloxi, MS. A total of 60 students, a mix of boys and girls, from seven U.S. Province schools (CHS, Brother Martin, E.D. White, St. Stanislaus, Bishop Guertin, Monsignor McClancy and St. Joseph of Metuchen, NJ) made the trip. The week began with a welcome dinner and mass with the Hispanic Apostolate of Biloxi, our partners for the week. The whole group was greeted by Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III of the Diocese of Biloxi. He encouraged us to embrace our call to discipleship.
During the week, students served alongside host families of the Hispanic Apostolate at three parishes near the gulf coast to lead a Vacation Bible School for children ages 6-12. Students were paired with campers to be their big buddies for the week, learning about their lives, processing stories about Jesus and creating crafts to take home as reminders of their week together.
Each night concluded with prayer led by students grouped together in the parishes. The prayers focused on the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, building community and compassion for the less fortunate. The mission’s theme song was Here I Am Lord, which echoed the challenge issued by Bishop Kihneman.
The Bible School concluded with a mass and celebration with all three parishes combined. Fr. Daniel Martinez Patino served as the celebrant and helped bring the lasting legacy of this experience into focus. Besides the personal connections made between the campers and the students, this week helped galvanize and unify the Hispanic Apostolate from the three parishes.
The CHS participants were Paul Bourgeois, Adam Callicott, Houston Carley, Isaak Dawson, Luke Dille, Christopher Grant, Braeden Jacobson, Ned Mayeaux, Luke McGibbony, Logan Rodrigue, Jared Sapia, and Jacob Simon. Chaperones were Ms. Diane Bynum, Br. Cliff King, and Mr. Scott Losavio.