The St. Francis Xavier Mission Trip began in 2010 with the intent of providing an opportunity for young people from apostolates of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter to participate in missionary experience. Leaving the familiar surroundings of home and venturing into a different culture with a group of one’s peers provides a unique experience for all involved.
To come face to face with poverty and suffering not only makes us more grateful for the many blessings we have received, but gives a valuable insight to what our Lord meant when he said:
“Blessed are the poor the spirit . . .”
It also gives a very real way to put our faith into action.
“What you do for the least of my brethren,
you do for me,” our Lord teaches.
With this perspective, the work we do while on mission is much more than mere philanthropy. It is a means to deepen our relationship with Christ.
Spending time in a foreign country likewise gives participants a chance to broaden their horizons and challenge themselves. A spirit of sacrifice is necessary. We will have to adapt to a foreign culture and do without certain luxuries.
By sharing these experiences, we are given the chance to forge new friendships founded on a common experience and a common desire to serve Christ through this missionary endeavor.
The Saint Francis Xavier Mission Trip experience is built on a spiritual foundation. Each day will begin with the Traditional Latin Mass. We will pray the rosary daily. We will spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration. There will be opportunities for confession. Spiritual reflections will be offered each day to help the participants maintain a supernatural outlook throughout the trip.
What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him? And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit? So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself. But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith. Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
As this trip is an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is at the heart of our trip.
Holy Mass will nourish us daily and give us strength for our apostolate. We will also have the joy of introducing the people whom we serve to this form of the Mass which remains unknown or forgotten in many parts of the world.
We spent nearly two years preparing and fundraising for our first trip, which took place in the summer of 2012 to the mission parish of St. Francis in the village of Banica in the Dominican Republic. There we built outhouses and built a fence around the cemetery in a poor rural community. We of course had numerous opportunities to interact with the local population and our photo album is filled with pictures of our young people playing with the children of the village.
During our stay we also had two High Masses and one Solemn High Mass in the nearly 500-year-old mission church in Banica, and we crowned our trip with a Solemn High Mass offered in the colonial district of the capital, Santo Domingo. (See “Past Trips” tab)
For the past four six, we have traveled to the parish of Santísimo Sacramento in Piura, Peru. Our missionaries were able to assist in a variety of charitable works overseen by the parish. The trip to Peru concluded with a day visiting the shrines of Lima, known as the “City of Saints.”
In 2019 we are pleased to offer 3 missionary trips:
• Guadalajara and Mexico City
• Piura, Peru
• Dominican Republic