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Staff Report (Florida Catholic)


A group of 40 missionary youth from St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naples, Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, and San Pedro Parish in North are participating in the “Mission Possible: Grenada” trip from July 8-15.

Father John Ludden, (second from left) Diocesan Mission Office Director and Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naples, concelebrates Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St. George, Grenada for Diocesan youth missionaries on July 9.

As beautiful as the Caribbean island country of Grenada is, there is still much need and suffering. For this reason, the youth of the Diocese are proclaiming the Good News of the Lord in many ways during the week. This includes working alongside local religious sisters and priests at a home for the disabled; an orphanage; a local school; a Catholic Church; a home for the elderly; and much more.

Father John Ludden, Diocesan Mission Office Director and Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, helped organize the trip to get the most out of the mission experience, which is why the Diocese partnered with Catholic Heart Workcamp, an international mission program that coordinates such trips for Catholic youth.

Youth and youth leaders from Epiphany Cathedral in Venice enjoy a moment on the beach in St. Geroge, Grenada, at the start of the Mission Possible: Grenada trip on July 9.

While in Grenada, the youth, along with their adult chaperones, are staying in dorms at the Grand Anse Undergraduate Campus of St. George University with other missionaries from across the U.S. The first two days were filled with travel to the island nation, and then an orientation of what to expect and to spiritually prepare for their mission work.

Each day in Grenada comprises a variety of activities, including prayer and reflection, as well as hard work. On Sunday, July 9, Father Ludden concelebrated Mass for the Diocesan missionaries at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St. George.

The youth received a warm welcome from the Catholics on the island with a barbecue. At this social event, there praise and worship, Grenada-style, which included upbeat island music and dancing. They also had the opportunity to go to the nearby beach. The week will conclude with a chartered boat outing.

While the first day of orientation was fun, this journey is not a vacation, Father Ludden emphasized before the trip. The youth learned this reality quickly, as the hard work began in earnest on Monday, July 10.

Please visit the Diocese of Venice website www.dioceseofvenice.org for photos and updates from the “Mission Possible: Grenada” trip and check back in the July 28 Florida Catholic for a recap of their spiritual journey.

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