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Sunday, 22 August 2021 16:45

Father McGivney high school students demonstrate authentic discipleship

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Dozens of Father McGivney Catholic High School (Glen Carbon) students traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., last month with Group Mission Trips to exercise authentic discipleship. Thirty-nine students and eight chaperones were sent in crews to different locations throughout the Grand Rapids area for one week and were assigned tasks such as painting, cleaning, building porches, and making repairs to help families in need.Dozens of Father McGivney Catholic High School (Glen Carbon) students traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., last month with Group Mission Trips to exercise authentic discipleship. Thirty-nine students and eight chaperones were sent in crews to different locations throughout the Grand Rapids area for one week and were assigned tasks such as painting, cleaning, building porches, and making repairs to help families in need.

“The mission camp provides our students with the opportunity to mix hard work, fun, and working with a diverse team with McGivney’s focus on service to others,” said Joseph Lombardi, principal at Father McGivney. “This is one of the many ways we integrate faith into the McGivney experience, with the ultimate goal of fully developing our students — mind, body and spirit. Our students will be leaders. It’s important they see how compassion and humble service to those in need are necessary when taking on a leadership role.”McGivney experience, with the ultimate goal of fully developing our students — mind, body and spirit. Our students will be leaders. It’s important they see how compassion and humble service to those in need are necessary when taking on a leadership role."

Some crews focused on building porches while other crews painted sheds or sides of homes.

“Every year, the group on the mission camp comes back exhausted, covered in paint, and in need of rest,” said Craig Brummer, Father McGivney High School faith formation director. “Yet, at the same time, they come back having grown in their ability to know and love their neighbors and the Lord. This summer’s mission was no different. Tripling in size since the last mission in 2019, this team was led by fearless adult chaperones who handled this week with grace, humility, and generosity. The kids had fun demoing, building, and painting. The adults of the group saw just how satisfying it is to give of oneself, in order to find oneself. In the hardships of what has been a year for the history books, our kids were troopers.

“When we return from an experience like this, we must remember in humility that we are doing what we were created to do, discovering who we are in the process. No one should be ‘impressed’ by this group for what they did, as though it was something extreme, beyond imagination, impossible for the rest of us. Instead, they should be edified, encouraged, and motivated to do the same. Yes, these kids learned how to build porches and paint siding, but that wasn’t the end goal. The work is not an end in itself, but rather a means to an end in virtue, humility, charity that we are all meant to strive for. We are called to holiness, to love, to serve, and to give. We must learn how to do this. This mission camp is a week of the year where that lesson is very much at the forefront.”