Msgr. Sean Ogle is presently serving as chaplain for a wonderful group of young adults known as the Blessed Frassati Fellowship, a ministry of the Capuchin Friars of the Renewal, founded by the late great Fr. Benedict Groeschel. These are a community of young professionals who meet regularly for prayer and social, and annually take on a missionary trip to assist with manual labor in a mission country. This year, Msgr. Ogle has accompanied them to Peru to rebuild homes near Lima.
What follows is a diary of their first few days as written by the group’s leader:
We would like to let you know that we arrived safely in Lima Thursday night, July 30th . We have been at the camp for three days now and have enjoyed beautiful lodging and great hospitality from the Fraternas. We have also been able to visit the local town and be a part of projects helping the community. We have been visiting the families and building homes for those we meet. We are able to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up to the laughter and chatter of the children currently staying at the camp... except for the men whose quarters are on the other side of camp and are awoken by a local rooster.
The first day, July 31st, we spent as a group bringing sand and cement bags up a very steep mountain (about the length of football field) by forming an assembly line. This was to start building one of the four homes we will be constructing during our time here. At the end of the day, we were all exhausted, covered in sand and looked as if we'd all jumped into a pool with our clothes on.
On Saturday, August 1st, we split up into 4 groups and started working on the 4 homes in different capacities (laying the floor, constructing the wall frames, etc.). One of the women even made a huge (and delicious) bag of popcorn for the team constructing her home.
Tomorrow, Sunday, August 2nd, we will have the privilege of celebrating Mass with the community and spending the afternoon playing football and doing other activities with the children.
The humility and warmth of the people here is humbling, convicting and inspiring. Although some of the families we've met live in desperate circumstances, their hospitality and desire to give us even in their needs is an immeasurable gift we are growing to realize we can never repay. It challenges us to ask ourselves if we ever give from our needs or just from our surpluses. The people here truly know and live a love of sacrifice and it is a blessing to have this encounter with them.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.
Frassati Missions Team