Mission Service Project
History
The Mission Service Project (MSP) is an ongoing commitment of the CNR Community to the mission service work completed by students, faculty, staff, and alumnae through Campus Ministry’s Plunge Service Trips. Past experiences included work with the Ursuline missions in Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, the San Lucas Tolimán Mission in Guatemala, and to New Orleans. Through its work, the MSP committee brought much needed assistance to these impoverished populations.

Our collaboration with two Ursuline missions began as part of the College’s Centennial celebration in 2003-04. Over the course of four years, Campus Ministry coordinated the efforts of the entire College to serve the impoverished communities on the U.S./Mexico border through fundraising, collections of needed materials, and hands-on opportunities at the sites.

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In 2007, both border missions were turned over to the local communities, as was the Ursulines’ original intention. Campus Ministry then partnered with the San Lucas Mission in Guatemala for its 2008 experience. In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Campus Ministry coordinated its Plunge Service Trip to New Orleans for its 2009 and 2010 trips.

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The Future

CNR will continue its commitment to people in need throughout the world. Members of the divisions and schools of the College serve on the MSP committee and meet regularly to continue guiding the College Community in its commitment to our sisters and brothers at these and other missions. Campus Ministry will continue to provide opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and alumnae/i to explore opportunities to respond to the Gospel call to help those in need: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the imprisoned and the sick. It is hoped that this service will lead to faithful and effective religious development: learning that service is a commitment to breaking down the barriers that obstruct God’s reign of justice and peace; and learning that service is about bringing to fruition a world more respectful of human life and dignity.