Posted on December 15, 2012 · Posted in Blog, Press Release

By Brother Tim Smyth

Four Saint Laurence students, two teachers, and one parent represented Saint Laurence on a ten-day mission trip to Peru this past June. Following the Second Vatican Council, and the request of Pope Paul VI, the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers established a number of missions in Peru. In the past, “mission money” was collected during Religion classes to help support these missions. Recently some of our schools in the North American province have decided to do more than just send the change from their lunch money to the missions – they decided to go themselves. These schools, along with the Province Leadership Team, have encouraged more schools of the Province to become involved in these mission trips. This June was the first time Saint Laurence was added to the list.
In preparing for the trip, Spanish teacher Nate Grosse coordinated with Brother Steve Casey to plan what the Saint Laurence group would hope to accomplish during their time in Peru. Brother Casey is a North American Brother assigned to Peru for that purpose. His philosophy is to expose the students to as much of the Peruvian reality as possible.
While in Peru, the Saint Laurence mission group helped tear down   and rebuild a house (granted not a very large house), visited a home for Peruvian children in need of medical care, spent time with toddlers at an orphanage, played with children in a pre-school, visited classrooms, and enjoyed a marshmallow roast with students their own age. For a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the Peruvian people, especially from the Inca influence, the group spent a few days in Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu.
Hopefully, this mission trip will be the first in a series, and the larger Saint Laurence community will be willing to offer its support by contributing the change from their lunch money once again. Some may even join us next summer, or some summer after that.