Xavier Program Sends Youth To Mexico
Six Breezy Point and Rockaway residents, who are students at Xavier High School in Manhattan, left the comforts of their homes to participate in a weeklong service trip to Tijuana, Mexico with a large contingency of Xavier students. Kieran Carley, Sean Cordes, Timmy Crocket, Kevin D'Emic, Daniel Munday, Daniel Paskoff and their fellow classmates are volunteering in a Companions of Xavier (CFX) program to help build houses for the poor. They left on the morning of July 15 from Kennedy Airport and flew to San Diego, California, where they then boarded a bus bound for Esperanza International, a local Habitat for Humanity group based in Mexico. The group will return on Sunday, July 22.
The CFX group includes some 60 Xavier students and 10 teachers. They will spend each day hammering nails, digging foundations, mixing cement, painting walls and perhaps raising a roof of a brand-new house for a family in need. The students will work alongside the people they are serving and see first-hand the issues surrounding poverty and social justice.
The CFX service program's coordinators, Greg Harkness and Joe Petriello, who have worked with the program for at least four years, said the experience will be life-changing for the students. The four cornerstones of the CFX program include community, simplicity, prayer and service. It gives the boys an opportunity to live out the Ignatian call to be "men for others," serving those in need while at the same allowing them to see the fruits of their labor.
This is the second service trip for Crocket, D'Emic and Carley. These young men participated in the CFX program last summer, which brought them to Rogers, Tennessee to build houses for the Appalachian Habitat for Humanity program.