Heelan Students Headed to Costa Rica

Students will serve people of Costa Rica June 2-9
Posted on 02/08/2018
Costa Rica children

A group of 27 Heelan students will serve people of Costa Rica on a mission trip June 2-9.  Sister Madeleine Miller, a Heelan Dad and Father Mark Beran will accompany the group. Students are raising funds for the trip throughout the year by selling Krispy Kreme donuts

Students will work with full-time missionaries on building or repair projects and work with children in school catechism classes.  Morning prayer meetings, Bible Study, village Masses, Adoration, small group discussions and more will be part of students’ experience.

During the trip students will be engaged in both corporal and spiritual works of mercy, according to
Sister Madeleine Miller, OSB, a Heelan theology teacher, part of campus ministry and trip organizer.

“Our trip to Costa Rica will be guided by Family Missions Company, she says. “Highlights of our mission trip will be work projects, sharing of Scripture and personal testimony, praise and worship in local schools, and other acts of service to the poor. A particular gift of this mission trip is working closely with the Rigioni Family, a joyful Costa Rican missionary family.”

The Heelan group will stay in a simple hotel or the parish center, Coopevega, a very small town in the diocese of Cuidad Quesada, after flying into San Jose International Airport.  Coopevega is where FMC’s full-time missionaries live and serve. 

Sister Miller is part of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, Norfolk Priory. Last year she took a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Students also have served in Honduras and Mississippi.