By Tim Bishop
HUTTONSVILLE—Manus Christi, a service and mission program being offered through the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, is underway at the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center in Huttonsville.
The program mixes vibrant prayer, engaging catechesis and formation and significant service with and to those in need. The weeklong service and mission experience gives participants the opportunity to encounter Christ in those in need while learning about and living the concepts of personal dignity, the common good, solidarity and subsidiary. During their stay, groups spend time in prayer and fellowship while completing service projects for those in need in the area. The groups also attend Mass and receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
Anne Madden, director of summer programming at the center, said, “participants from past years are back again and have brought friends with them to share in the Manus Christi story. We’re not just rebuilding bathrooms, porches and ramps, we’re rebuilding the joy in these teens souls, and they’re spreading that joy out in our communities.”
Groups are housed at the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center. They are also encouraged to take advantage of all the fun things the adjacent Camp Bosco has to offer such as games, swimming, the zip-line course, campfires and the rock-climbing wall.
Youth work to fix the home of a less fortunate person during the Manus Christi service program near Huttonsville.
Bob Perron, director of the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, said, “Manus Christi is again, this summer, serving those near Elkins and is giving young people the opportunity to share Jesus’ love with others. Our diocese continues to help young people become disciples.”
For information, visit www.manuschristi.com or call the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at (304) 233-0880 ext. 311.