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Amazing Number of Christendom Students Performing Missionary Work Over Spring Break

Cancun and Daytona are two of the more popular spring break destinations for college students around the country. But how about Banica in the Dominican Republic? That's where 18 students from Christendom College will be heading this spring break on missionary work. In fact, an astounding sixteen percent of Christendom College’s student body will do missionary work during their spring break this year. The college’s  Mission Trips Program will send 58 students along with members of the faculty and staff on four different mission trips across the globe. “Every year I am impressed with the generosity of our students,” Mission Trips Program Director Mike Brown said in a statement released by the college. “It’s a testament to the quality of students we have here. Most college students are worried about their week at the beach during spring break, but these students are worried how they can help others and be leaders for Christ.” Each student is responsible for raising the funds to go on their respective mission trips. This year, eighteen students, two faculty members, and one alumna are going to Banica in the Dominican Republic. In Banica, students will work with the missionary efforts of the Arlington Diocese. Thirteen students and one staff member are going to Peru to work with the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World. Thirteen students and another staff member are going to the mountains of Honduras to work with the Missioners of Christ. Fourteen students with a staff member will go to the Bronx and work with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Christendom’s Spanish-speaking students have organized a Spanish class for students who are going to the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Honduras, which will aid them in their missionary efforts. Besides the missionary trips offered during academic break, students assist those in need on a local level through the student club Outreach. The club visits nursing homes, works at soup kitchens, sponsors canned food drives, as well as volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and the local Crisis Pregnancy Center. Throughout the year students respond to their school's motto, "to restore all things in Christ," and sacrifice their free time for those in need. The Cardinal Newman Society includes Christendom College in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for its strong Catholic identity.  Read Christendom’s profile here.

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