Article by Phoenix writer Delaney Clark ’25:
The St. Joseph’s Mission began in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina, which devastated many homes in New Orleans. Students from Kellenberg and Chaminade, as well as many Marianist religious, made the trip to New Orleans during February Break to help rebuild homes and provide school supplies for the families that lost so much.
Again in 2013, members of the St. Joseph’s Mission helped some of the local Long Island towns following Superstorm Sandy.
This past February, the 18th St. Joseph’s Mission took place and students assisted the Sisters of Life as well as St. Peter’s parish.
Kellenberg students and brothers worked with Chaminade’s Fr. Garret Long, S.M, to assist the Sisters of Life in building a shed.
The Parish of St Peter is the parish of Founder’s Hollow, a place where many Marianist students and faculty attend retreats. This time, however, students spent some days there to help the parish clean out a convent to prepare it for new people to stay.
Kellenberg’s Bro. Patrick Cahill, S.M., has worked on the St. Joseph’s Mission for many years. He says, “It is a great way to be together, to serve the Lord, and to have some fun!”
The St. Joseph’s Mission continues to thrive as students answer the call to service.