Kelly students take part in mission trip to Appalachia

Kelly students take part in mission trip to Appalachia

Fifteen students and two staff members from Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School took part in a mission trip December 29th, 2017 through January 5, 2018 and traveled to Toppa Joppa Mountain, one of the poorest areas of the country, located in Appalachia approximately 30 minutes north of Knoxville, Tennessee. Students and their sponsors lived simply and helped the poor by repairing and building homes, working at a food pantry and assisting at a children’s center and nursing home.

This was the second time Kelly students have taken part in a mission trip with the Glenmary Home Missioners, a Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with coworkers, are dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of people living in mission counties. Glenmary serves the poor in counties where the poverty levels are almost twice the national average and by establishing a Church presence. Volunteers come not only to serve but also to learn about the rich culture and traditions present in the Appalachian regions where they serve.

While service is the foundation of the program, the students also participated in Mass at the Glenmary Mission parishes in Union and Grainger counties. In the evenings, students led prayer reflections and participated in English, Spanish and Bilingual masses. They visited churches of different Christian denominations in the region and other local cultural sites in the community to broaden their understanding of the causes of poverty, oppression and injustice.

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