Mission trips have been a tradition at CUA for many years, but this summer a record number of students — 44 — traveled overseas following the close of the spring semester to spend two weeks serving people in Belize, Honduras, Jamaica and Tanzania.
“I think this level of student interest is a direct reflection of students’ experience last fall with CUA’s co-sponsorship of the Opus Prize,” says Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., university chaplain. This
year approximately 70 applications were received for the two mission trips originally planned by the Office of Campus Ministry. Because of the interest, two more trips were added.
One of the added trips was to Kigoma, Tanzania, to work with the Brothers of Charity, the religious order of Brother Stan Goetschalckx, who founded and directs the Kigoma-based educational organization that was awarded the Opus Prize at CUA in November.
The $1 million Opus Prize is awarded annually to honor an unsung humanitarian hero. One of its purposes is to inspire college students to a life of service. (For more about the Opus Prize, see the Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 issues of CUA Magazine.)
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