Fatima, Portugal (Sisters of Life)

 

“Christ Jesus is here on earth. It’s so hard to see and hear him in the noise we live in. It took prayer and quiet of a life of simplicity to hear him. And it took compassion and suffering with our brothers and sisters to see him.”

– Carissa Ramirez, Angelo State University

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Language: Portuguese

Exports: Footwear, corks, wine, hides

Fun fact: Portuguese is the 6th most spoken first language in the world with over 240 million speakers.

On May 13th, 1917, Our Lady appeared to the shepherd children Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto in Fatima, Portugal. What followed were a series of saintly visions and flocks of pilgrims, drawn to the poor town of Fatima in hopes of receiving the grace of the Blessed Mother.  Come join FOCUS Missions and the Sisters of Life on our pilgrimage to Fatima, as we honor the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s miraculous appearance and journey down the same paths the saintly children did all those years ago. We will also travel through Spain and to Lourdes on pilgrimage. Ladies, this is a trip you don’t want to miss!

 

Summer 2017

  • Dates: May 15-24, 2017 (Women only)
  • Trip Director: Kaitlyn Schulte 
  • Mission Co-Leaders: Anne Margaret Closa
  • Amount to Fundraise: $3,500*

Price includes: Round-trip airfare to mission country, travel insurance, pre-trip orientation retreat, post-trip debriefing retreat, all food, lodging, materials, and in-country transportation. (Does not include: immunizations and travel meds, your travel to/from US departure city [departure city will be determined by the Mission Director], passport/visa expenses, other personal incidentals).

* Dates and amount to fundraise subject to change

  1. Each FOCUS Missions participant has the opportunity to fundraise the entire cost of their mission trip. Consider that fundraising allows people who may not have the opportunity to travel on a mission trip to participate in this essential work through you. In another sense, “some give by going while others go by giving.” Allowing others to support us through their financial commitments and prayers is essential to the success of FOCUS Missions!
  2. You will be contacted by your personal fundraising coach soon after you have been accepted on a mission trip to train and mentor you in each step along the way.
  3. Please feel free to contact us at any time by phone or email with your fundraising questions.

“Christ Jesus is here on earth. It’s so hard to see and hear him in the noise we live in. It took prayer and quiet of a life of simplicity to hear him. And it took compassion and suffering with our brothers and sisters to see him.”

– Carissa Ramirez, Angelo State University

“My mission trip with FOCUS brought me way out of my comfort zone by bringing me together with a group of 13 strangers to spread the Gospel in a foreign land. By the end we were family and I was perfectly comfortable with all the discomforts. All the ways God worked in my heart are still fleshing out. The FOCUS missionaries go out of their way to love you not for what you do but because you are. I highly recommend FOCUS mission trips to anyone at any point in their faith journey!”

– Allison Harrison, Southeastern Louisiana University

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