El Salvador 2008

Again this summer I will be leading a mission team of kids from St Joseph’s Catholic School to El Salvador. This is a picture of the Mano Amiga San Antonion School in the CIDECO community near the town of La Herradura in El Salvador.

CIDECO is a wonderful project. The poorest of the poor are invited to live in modest homes in a gated community with a clinic, a school, a church and a little marketplace. They must be Catholics, and if there are children, the parents must be married. The children receive a free education and the parents are given vocational training, assistance with jobs, training in how to pay a mortgage for their home and their bills. The aim is to break the cycle of poverty in one generation.
Six boys and six girls are going. The trip to El Salvador is such an eye opener. I fear we do very little to help in our short stay, but our own students’ lives are changed. Going to El Salvador for a week is a long term investment in the Catholic Church of the future. High school students see the world (and their world) in a totally new way. They see the church in a new way, poverty and riches in a new way, and cannot help but return to their rather privileged lives in the USA with a new sense of compassion and zeal to help others.
I don’t ask for donations through this blog, but if you would like to help fund the mission trip to El Salvador this summer please send your checks to: St Joseph’s Catholic School, 100 St Joseph’s Drive, Greenville, South Carolina, 29607. Mark the check for ‘El Salvador 2008′ and mark the envelope for my attention.

  • Ginger

    Thanks Fr. D. One of my kids is planning to go with the group and is so excited!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08110491371985845560 kentuckyliz

    Make sure to include Mt 25 and the letter to the church in Laodicea from the Book of Revelation in your talks during the trip.Hopefully the kids wake up and think, why are they so poor but HAPPY? and why are we so rich and MISERABLE?