Article by Ally Goldsmith ’20:
Over February break, Kellenberg Memorial and Chaminade students traveled to St. Andrew’s Church in New York City for St. Joseph’s Mission. The goal of this mission was to help in building the Sisters of Life’s convent.
The mission started on Sunday at Meribah, the Marianist’s retreat house, with an orientation, Mass, and dinner. Monday through Thursday was spent building a wall, sanding and painting the confessionals, fixing the kneelers in the pews, and other various jobs. We had Mass every day in the beautiful church. At lunch, we were able to talk to the sisters and hear about their lives.
On Thursday, we worked for the morning and then saw the afternoon showing of The Phantom of the Opera. Following the performance, we enjoyed a break before dinner. We had dinner in Little Italy at Puglia’s where we sang, danced, and shared a great meal.
My favorite part of this mission was coming together with all of my friends to help other people. Happiness is gained by going outside yourself and doing good things for others. The Sisters are so kind, caring, and appreciative. There is not a more deserving group of people to help. The Kellenberg and Chaminade students created bonds that will last forever during this mission. Being able to make new friends and become closer with the ones I already had made this experience so memorable. St. Joseph’s Mission was such an amazing opportunity and I can not wait to participate in it again next year.