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Aquinas mission trip with ‘Christ in the City’

DAVID CITY (SNR) – Four students and alumni traveled with Father Benjamin Holdren, senior religion teacher at Aquinas High School in David City, for a mission trip in Denver June 12-14 with “Christ in the City.”

Christ in the City, a Catholic non-profit dedicated to forming missionaries, volunteers and communities in knowing, loving and serving  the poor, began its work with Denver’s poorest in the summer of 2010, under the auspices of Catholic Charities in Denver as a way to form young people to be life-long missionaries.

In 2011, CIC was adopted by the Christian Life Movement (CLM) as the service arm of their mission in the United States. Missionaries are spiritually guided by priests and lay men and women of the Christian Life Movement.

Through Christ in the City, the Aquinas students were trained in street ministry before walking the streets of Denver to share God’s love with the homeless.

“I wanted these high-schoolers to experience work with the poor,” Father Holdren said. “Christ in the City made the Gospel come alive for us as we entered into friendship with the homeless. Our priorities transformed in the days we spent with them as we experienced the joy only love can bring.”

The mission trip was the school’s first with Christ in the City, but it will not be the last.

“The students have already been asking when we can come back!” Father Holdren said.

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