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Twenty-Five Percent of Christendom Students Give up Spring Breaks for Mission Work

One quarter of the students studying at Christendom College’s main campus in Front Royal, Va., will volunteer their time to serve others during spring break, according to the College.

Ninety students have raised funds to do missionary work on four different College-led trips.  Christendom reports:

This year, 34 students and four staff members are going to Guatemala. In Guatemala, Christendom's head chaplain, Fr. Donald Planty, will lead students as they work to bring the sacraments to remote villages. Students will also build a pump and aqueduct system to bring water to a remote mountain village. Twenty-four students and two staff members are going to the Dominican Republic to work at the Diocese of Arlington's mission. Thirteen students and one staff member are going to Peru to work with the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World at their school for young women and their house for abandoned and disabled children. Fourteen students are going to the Bronx to work with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal at their homeless shelter for men.

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 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.

Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.

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