High School Mission Trip
The High School Student Mission Trip is a ministry of the
UkrainianOrthodox Church of the USA. We hope to bring aid and comfort
tothose in need through out our country. It is easy to turn a blindeye to
those reaching out a hand for help in our local communities. By our
actions, we hope to show the face of Christ to these people in need and
all we come in contact with and by doing so reaffirm the Holy Orthodox
Faith in an Orthodox Service Community. We pray that by offering daily
prayer services, as well as our love and works, that we will bring not only
ourselves but all involved closer to Christ our God.
2009 Trip to St. Anthony of
Las Cruces, NM
Grants available from the Jr Ukrainian
Orthodox League to aid in defraying
the cost of the trip. Download the grant
form (which may be filled out mostly
electronically) and email or mail to the
Office of Youth Ministry.
2013 Trip to
South Bound Brook, NJ
Ukrainian Orhtodox Church of the USA
and Emmaus House, NYC
2012 Trip to St. Augustine, FL
Orthodox Christian Mission Center &
St. Photios Shrine
Relfection from Team Member Daniella Walewski
This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the High School Mission
Team to South Bound Brook, NJ, the home of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.
Most of our days were devoted to projects around the grounds, the biggest one being the
refurbishment of the prayer trail. It was a long and hard process, but on one of our last
days on the grounds I was able to physically see how useful our work was when a
women, who was attending a funeral at the cemetery, walked to one of the crosses and
began to read the prayer and take pictures of it. It was a great moment to realize that
our work was greatly appreciated and noticed.
My favorite part of the mission was volunteering at the Emmaus House in Harlem. I had
pictured what it would be like to go and help hand out food to those less fortunate, but
was very surprised by what I saw when I got there. There was a great sense of
community and gratefulness shared by everyone that entered the house, whether it was
a person from off the street or a volunteer who had come to help. Experiencing this made
me feel grateful for everything I have and made me realize that even in horrible times
there are still places to seek help from.
One of the best parts of the trip was being able to stay at St. Sophia's Seminary for eight
days. This allowed us to go to church three times a day and to be completely immersed
within the faith, which is something I became very grateful of. We were able to spend lots
quality time with His Grace Bishop Daniel and the seminarians that by the end of our
mission we had become one big family. None of us wanted to say goodbye, but we left
knowing that in just eight short days we had accomplished many projects and had made
great friends in the process.