Q. What Mission Trips are being offered in 2017?

There are four options being offered in 2017:

1. Guadalajara, Mexico – Family Mission Trip
– Dates: March 24 - April 4, 2018.
– Open to Families (any age) and Individuals 16+.
– Cost: $TBD. (Travel not included. You will need to arrange travel to Guadalajara and return from Mexico City on your own. For those who need assistance in making travel arrangements for a $40.00 fee Syverson Touring Travel Agency will make all the necessary travel arrangements for you. You will find their contact information at: www.syversentouring.com)

2. Peru – Youth Mission Trip
– Dates: July 21 – August 3, 2018.
– Open to Families (any age) and Individuals 16+.
– Cost: $TBD. (Travel not included. You will need to arrange travel to Guadalajara and return from Mexico City on your own. For those who need assistance in making travel arrangements for a $40.00 fee Syverson Touring Travel Agency will make all the necessary travel arrangements for you. You will find their contact information at: www.syversentouring.com)

3. Dominican Republic – Youth Mission Trip

– Dates: August 4 - 16, 2018.
– Open to Youth ages 16 – 21.
– Cost: $TBD. (This includes roundtrip airfare from Miami.)

 

Q. How do I go on one of these trips?

All prospective missionaries must fill out and send in an Application Form (click the “Apply” tab to the left to download the 2017 St. Francis Xavier Mission Trip Application Form). When filling out the Application Form make sure to clearly mark which of the trips you are applying for.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.

In addition to your Application Form, you must also send in a $200 deposit.

Deposit checks are refundable until Feb 15, 2018.

Deposit checks should be made payable to: “Mission Tradition". In the memo line: "SFX Mission"

Q. Where do I get the Application Form?

Click on the “Apply” tab on the menu to the left, then download and print out the Application Form. When filling out the Application Form make sure to clearly mark which trip you are applying for!

Q. After I fill out the Application Form, where do I send it?

All applications, checks, paperwork and correspondence should be sent to:

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
450 Venard Road
South Abington Township, PA 18411

 

  • Remember to send in your deposit for $200.

Deposit checks should be made payable to: “Mission Tradition with “SFX Mission” in the memo line.

Deposit checks are refundable until Feb 15, 2018.

 Q. What is the deadline for applying?

The deadline is January 15, 2018.

After receiving your Application Form we will contact you to let you know whether you are accepted and provide further information as to how to prepare for the trip, what to bring, etc.

PIURA: You should register as soon as possible as space is limited and fills up quickly. (See the “How many spaces are available?” question below…) Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Q. How will I get there?

PIURA: For the Youth Mission Trip to Piura, roundtrip airfare from Miami is included. We will meet together at the Miami International Airport (MIA) beforehand and travel together as a group from Miami to Piura and back. You are responsible for arranging your own travel to/from the Miami airport.

GUADALAJARA: Missionaries are responsible for getting to Guadalajara on their own. There will be a central rendezvous point where we will meet. Our departure will be from Mexico City, since the last day of the trip involves a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

If you would like assistance in making travel arrangements, Syverson Touring Travel Agency will make all the necessary travel arrangements for a $40.00 fee. Their contact information is:

Syversen Touring, P.O. Box 509 – Bangall, NY 12506
1-800-334-5425 (toll free) / 1-845-868-1597
email: info@syversentouring.com   website: www.syversentouring.com

Q. I want to go but the cost is too expensive! I can’t afford it.

Most missionaries, especially youth missionaries, do fundraising in order to raise the necessary money to go on the mission trip. In every parish you will find many generous benefactors who cannot themselves go on such a trip but want to share in the spiritual benefits of the work that is done.

For information on how to fundraise, click on the “Apply” tab and download our “Fundraising Packet.”

Benefactors can donate on this website by clicking the DONATE button on the menu bar to the left, or send a check to: Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter  450 Venard Road  South Abington Township, PA 18411

Checks should be made payable to “Mission Tradition with “SFX Mission” on the memo line.

If you have to withdraw from the trip, your deposit can be refunded until February 15, 2017, but any subsequent payments and donations we receive from benefactors cannot be refunded.

Q. Are Guadalajara, Dominican Republic and Peru safe?

Both home bases for our missions in Guadalajara, Mexico and Piura, Peru are in well-established parishes in large towns.  At night our missionaries stay in secured facilities, and in the daytime buses take them to rural areas for work. All missionaries are well-supervised by FSSP priests, seminarians, and adult chaperones at all times.

Q. Do I need any vaccinations?

Visit the Centers for Disease Control website (www.cdc.gov) to find out about recommended vaccinations and medications for traveling to Mexico and Peru.  We do not require vaccinations; we direct you to the CDC website to make your own decision.

Q. Do I need health insurance? What if I have a medical emergency while I’m there?

Yes. We require that all missionaries be covered by health insurance that is valid overseas. If your health insurance does not cover you outside of the US, it will be necessary for you to purchase travel insurance that includes health coverage. Travel insurance with health coverage can be purchased here: https://www.volunteercard.com/insurance/

Both Guadalajara and Piura have modern hospitals where one is able to receive treatment in the event of a medical emergency. The priests and chaperones will ensure that medical emergencies are handled appropriately, that you are well cared for, and receive the necessary treatment.

Please note that any medical costs incurred that are not covered by your insurance will be the responsibility of the missionary.

Q. Do I need a Passport?

Yes. Travel from the US/Canada to Mexico and Peru requires a valid Passport. An ID/Travel Card is not sufficient. If you do not have a Passport you will need to apply for one. The application process can take several weeks so it is best to apply early. Those who already hold vaild Passports, make sure the expiration date does not occur between now and the dates of travel.

Q. Are there chaperones? What kind of supervision is there?

PIURA: For the Youth trip to Piura, there are a minimum of four lay chaperones, and at least two priests and three seminarians of the Fraternity of St. Peter. This provides a minimum of one adult per four youth missionaries, ensuring proper and adequate supervision for the youth attending. Youth are never permitted to leave the parish facility without being accompanied by an adult chaperone.

GUADALAJARA: For the Mission trips to Guadalajara there will also be priests and seminarians in addition to lay volunteers as chaperones. The exact number of chaperones will depend on the number of missionaries attending but the target ratio is still one adult chaperone per four missionaries.

Q. Are there separate living quarters for the men and women?

PERU: Yes. In Peru, we stay in secure dormitories within the parish facility, with separate sleeping quarters for the men and women including separate toilet/shower facilities. The rooms are furnished with beds, sheets, blankets, and towels.

GUADALAJARA: For the Family Mission Trip to Guadalajara accommodations are a bit more penitential. Separate toilet/shower facilities are available but missionaries will sleep in private tents outside in a large walled-in courtyard. A large room with cots is also available for those who are unable to sleep in tents.

Q. How many spaces are available?

PERU: There are 34 spaces available. We try as best we can to split the male/female distribution evenly. This is just a rough target, however, the actual ratio of boys and girls will depend on the applications received.

GUADALAJARA: For the Guadalajara mission trip, there are currently no space limitations, although this could change depending on how many application we receive.

Q. How do you determine who is accepted?

A number of factors go into how we determine who is an acceptable missionary candidate. We want to make sure that all applicants will make good missionaries, be a good Catholic example to those whom they serve, and work well together as a group. For this reason we ask for letters of recommendation that testify to the applicant’s maturity, work ethic, and good morals. We also want to make sure that you do not have any health issues that would make it unpleasant or even dangerous for you to attend.

Q. What if I have to withdraw after I register?

You may withdraw and receive a refund for your deposit until February 15, 2017. After this we will not be able to refund your deposit unless some medical or personal emergency prevents you from participating. Please note that any donations submitted on your behalf cannot be refunded. Should you choose to withdraw, your donations will be credited to the general fund.

Q. What if all the spaces fill up? Is there a waiting list?

Yes, there is a waiting list. If spaces should open up, we will notify those on the waiting list in the order that their applications were received. Your deposit check will be held until you are either added to the trip or until the airline tickets are issued (usually six to eight weeks prior to the travel date).

If you are added to the waiting list, you may begin fundraising for the trip if you wish. This may be advantageous because if a spot opens up at the last minute you may not have much time to raise the necessary funds. Should a space not open up for you, the funds you raised will be added to the general fund.