09 June 2006

Thinking and Acting Globally

Early yesterday morning, 12 of our students and two adults, Dr. Patrick Kelley (parent) and Sra. Giovanna Bello (Spanish teacher) gathered in the Chapel for a short prayer service with our sisters. Each person in the group was partnered with a sister prayer-partner who will “journey with them” in prayer as the group departs for a two-week trip to Peru. The students will spend some time in Machu Picchu and Cusco and then they will head to Ayacucho where they will spend most of their time working in an orphanage run by the Sisters of St. Ann, who care for 175 orphans up to age 18. In addition, they will be doing some repair work and cosmetic improvements at a local Jesuit school. We commend our students for their efforts and we look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return.

We have shared this quotation before, but it is very fitting for this occasion. When our early sisters in France set out for a new foundation, St. Francis de Sales had these words for the occasion:

“Those who go, stay. Those who stay, go.”

And that is exactly how we feel about our travelers. We go with them in prayer and we know that they remain here – in our hearts!

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