NY Teens on Mission visit our Monastery

By Sister Therese Maria, mscl

The "Boston Plunge" crew in our chapel in Weymouth, MA.
 On Sunday February 20th, we had an enthusiastic group of youth from Immaculate Conception Parish in Fayetteville, NY visit our monastery. Kelly Colangelo, their youth minister and a friend of Mother Marla Marie, arranged for a “Boston Plunge” designed to engage the youth in various mission work for five days. Some of their events included helping the Little Brothers of St. Francis with street ministry, and visiting with the elderly at the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home.

On Mission at the Little Sisters Nursing Home in Somerville, MA.
It was certainly a gift for me to join them on one of their mission days with the Little Sisters of the Poor. I enjoyed being with the teens as they took great initiative in entertaining the residents by their joyful singing and dancing, and in helping the residents make different crafts. They sure brightened their day with their energetic presence and smiles!

Overall, I could see how this mission trip gave the teens the unique opportunity to reach out to others with compassion, and to see Jesus in the person they speak to and serve. One of the teens happily shared with me that this trip has been “enlightening”. Their perspectives on the Church was broadened for the better, as they met with and spoke to various religious brothers and sisters throughout the Plunge.

We enjoyed a game on the court during their visit with us!