This Summer a committed group of lay people came to serve alongside our sisters at a mission in Connecticut. These Missionary Cenacle Volunteers were women and men, married and single, ranging in age from teenagers to seniors, from as close as a few towns over to as far away as California to serve in this rural mission for 1-6 weeks. We are so grateful for their generous service!
They came to volunteer at a program called the Family Life Development Program at Trinita. This long-standing program sponsored by our sisters is designed to strengthen faith and family life. Our families come from a wide variety of communities within a few hours of our camp-like property in Connecticut. They come from inner city neighborhoods of New York City and Philadelphia to small town communities in New Jersey and Connecticut, including a significant number of families who are bilingual (English and Spanish) and who are recent immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Families stay for a week long program full of spiritual enrichment, arts and crafts, swimming, Mass, and fun!
A certain degree of emotional and social maturity is required of our volunteers as they put the needs of the families above their own during their time of service. A sense of community is formed among the volunteers as they serve, pray and live along side each other and our sisters over Summer. Our volunteers grow in their own apostolic lives as they serve the families each day.
MCVs are responsible for implementing all aspects of the Family Life Development Program from leading peer group sessions to washing dishes after dinner to playing a spirited game of Chutes and Ladders with a four year old child. We ask so much of these volunteers and are so thankful, and humbled, by their selfless service!
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity for next Summer please CLICK HERE. The application period officially begins on January 1, 2020. Submission of the online application is not a sign of your commitment, rather it is the beginning step to exploring the option with us.
Here’s what our Volunteers say about their service at Trinita…
“I constantly challenged myself and I realized I have more in me than I thought. I also learned a lot about the Holy Spirit and have come closer to discovering my vocation. The presence of God in relationships was always evident. Whether it was in fostering a new one, strengthening an existing one, or repairing a broken one, the Holy Spirit was always at work within the relationships among the people at Trinita.”
“I could not have imagined a place so refreshing, yet so full of history and tradition, so structured yet carefree, and so busy yet so peaceful. It was this beauty that set me at ease the moment I arrived.”
“My experience at Trinita was amazing. The Trinita staff and my fellow volunteers were models of love, patience, respect, and cooperation. They quickly became a family for me and they taught me how to best serve, be with, and learn from the families each weeks.”