News Post

Second Group Travels to Arizona

A second group of St. Joseph’s Academy students spent a week in Klagetoh, Arizona, serving the Navajo people on Saint Anne’s Mission. The trip, sponsored by Catholic High School, took place June 8-15 and included CHS students. The first trip to Klagetoh in late May and early June was sponsored by SJA.
SJA Campus Minister Jade Spears was among the trip’s chaperones. “Klagetoh is, to me, the embodiment of peace in our world,” she said. “I am truly blessed to have been able to share that with students this summer. We were able to encounter God through the lens of both practical theology and the Franciscan way of life that ‘All creatures of our God and King’ should only hope to one day experience.”
Daniel Bordelon, Scott Manning and Patrick Dulaney served as chaperones from CHS. 

After their arrival, students celebrated mass and a parish social at Saint Anne’s Mission. They also enjoyed a visit to the Petrified Forest National Park. 

During the week, they immersed themselves in service at All Saints Catholic Church in Ganado, Arizona, which included painting the exterior of the church, landscaping and preparing the gym for vacation Bible school. They visited the Hubbell Trading Post; Window Rock to see the Navajo Nation capital, museum and zoo; and Gallup, New Mexico, to see Indian dances and the art market. They also experienced the sweat lodge led by Hank Brown, a Saint Anne’s parishioner.

Other trip highlights were visits to the Cameron Trading Post, Grand Canyon National Park and Winslow, Arizona, where travelers saw the corner referenced in the hit song Take It Easy by The Eagles.

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director