Dominican Republic 2019 (SJV)

Follow a group of Saint John Vianney seminarians as they travel to the Dominican Republic where they will serve as missionary disciples in this land of great beauty and great need.

Thursday, January 17

January 22, 2019
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After a short breakfast we started the day by packing our entire group into a tiny van for an hour ride to the Basilica of Our Lady of Altagracia. The Basilica in Higuey is home to the image of Our Lady of Altagracia, the nation’s official protector. In addition to the towering arches that make up the interior and exterior of the Basilica, the most evident thing was the peoples’ intense devotion to our Blessed Mother. Although we only had a short time to visit the basilica and museum devoted to Our Lady of Altagracia, the genuine joy of the people and peace of the Blessed Mother remained with us for the rest of the day.

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Adventures Continued-1/15/19

January 19, 2019
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Our day began with 7:30 breakfast and a nice strong cup of Dominican coffee. Oddly enough the number of coffee drinkers in our group appears to have doubled at this point. Following breakfast we prayed Morning Prayer and went on our way for our second day of painting at San Pedro Minor Seminary.

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El Lunes 14 de enero 2019

January 19, 2019
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Today was a day full of smiles and joy for everyone, and it was more than just because the Wi-fi started working for us. The day started with a bountiful supply of pancakes thanks to Miguel, one of the staff here. After breakfast, we went to El Seminario Menor de San Pedro el Apostol (The Minor Seminary of St. Peter the Apostle) and painted the dining room and kitchen.

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Sunday!!!

January 15, 2019
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What a day. This splendid day began with Mass in the chapel here at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos. At 10am, Frs. Becker and Kuharski and Deacon Francisco processed down the aisle amid much joy and enthusiasm.

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Getting a lay of the land

January 15, 2019
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Today we began to get a better lay of the land here at NPH. Our guide Joel gave us a tour of the campus here, and after the deacon took us to the high school seminary in San Pedro where we will be working some during the week.

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First Impressions

January 14, 2019
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We safely arrived in the Dominican Republic!

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Dominican Republic, here we come!

December 31, 2018
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On January 11 2019, eight seminarians and two priests from St. John Vianney College Seminary will depart for the Dominican Republic. Over the course of nine days, we will serve at the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos orphanage.

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