Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tuesday evening June 22nd we arrived at the top of a mountain in Vermont at the Mellos Retreat Center. Dave in the red on the right and Terry on the ground near the right are the owners of this awesome retreat center. Dave and Terry are full time youth ministers and are such inspirations and so full of God's Love!!! What a gift that we could stay with them. Dave travels to parishes to start youth groups. This group here has been coming up from Hartford, CT for the past few years. Their youth groups have thirty and forty kids, it is amazing! These ten high schoolers were selected as leaders in their youth group to come to the retreat center for a week for evangelization training. We MoEs were so very blessed to join them Tuesday night. They are such lights in their community and they made a deep impact on us, especially the joy that comes from them. They are very much on fire for spreading Jesus' love and more than any words the respect they have for one another is remarkable. One girl said that she looks forward to this week ALL YEAR! and the others in the room agreed. They are so hungry to learn more about the truth of the fullness of the Catholic faith which is a grace from God. Two are just begining high school, five are going to be sophmores and three just had confirmation, Praise God, and are juniors. We sat in the beautiful living room of the retreat center after dinner for about an hour and talked about who we are as MoE's and our own experiences in high school and what we wished we knew then about God's love, that we know now and answered any questions and just hung out too :) Please keep this on fire group in your prayers as they train this week in evangelization that more than anything they will open themselves up to be loved by God. to love God and to love one another. Dave and Terry are great witnesses of the reality of God's love in everyday life. Their home is the retreat center and they constantly rely on God and the joy of the Lord is their strength. Once again we received much more than we gave. We will be in Hartford on July 10th and hopefully we will see the youth group again :) God bless you all and may Our Lady lead you. This night was definitly a fruit of everyone's prayers for us, and all glory goes to God. Please keep praying for us as we keep you in our hearts and prayers- humbly yours in JMJ - Erin
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Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.

We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.