04 Aug 2008

CHS and SJA Students Participate in Mission Honduras

CHS faculty and students, along with SJA students, traveled to Mission Honduras July 1 ‘ July 9, 2008 where they lived in the volunteer house in Conejo, Comayagua, Honduras. Students began each day with morning prayer or Mass, then several hours of manual labor, with time each afternoon spent ministering to and playing with the children served by the mission. Mission Honduras was founded by Father Emil Cook, O.F.M, and now includes schools, orphanages and homes for single mothers throughout Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Liberia.

‘It was one of the most humbling experiences to see how happy the kids were and know they have nothing. It makes you appreciate how great life is in the U.S. and how much you have,’ commented Gerard Zimmerman ’10.

‘My experience in Honduras reminded me that God’s love can be found in many unexpected places. Seeing our students work and play with the young children there helped me remember the impact we all can have on others’ lives; I hope to be able to keep that in mind as I work with the students here at CHS and to help them see God’s love in unexpected places as well,’ stated Marci Addy.

‘I’ve been going to Honduras for a number of years, bringing students, and it is always rewarding. This year’s group was probably the most energetic and lively with which I’ve had the pleasure to travel. They were excellent workers, and embraced the lifestyle and the people of Honduras. My prayer is that the experience will stay with them and inspire them to continue to work to alleviate the suffering of the poor, both in Honduras and here in the U.S.,’ commented Tom Eldringhoff.

CHS students traveling to Honduras were Ben Perrodin, Knox Kelly, Mark Clements, George Broussard, Gerard Zimmerman and Vincent LeDuff. CHS faculty members chaperoning the trip were Marci Addy, Tom Eldringhoff and Taylor Murphy. SJA students participating were Morgan Broussard, Emilie Gelpi, Rachel Ginn, Tyler Gordy, Jennifer Guillot and Carleigh Lanclos.