The Culture Project International has sent five of its missionaries to invite San Francisco to become fully alive. Lindsay, Amanda, Bianca, Jesse, and Peter arrived in San Francisco on October 14, and will be serving the Archdiocese until Christmas. Their mission is to reclaim the dignity of the human person and to inspire young people to live for real love. “We hope to inspire young people to say yes to love and all its demands,” said Team Leader Lindsay Fay.
Each of the missionaries believe in the infinite potential of the human person to choose the love for which they were created. Each day, the team speaks to young people about human dignity and sexual integrity. They are young people hoping to encourage other young people in virtue.
Through the hospitality of the Archdiocese, the women are staying at Saint Cecilia’s and the men at Saint Brendan’s. During their stay, they hope to serve as a passionate presence and an example of young people living out their Catholic faith. The missionaries are very excited to get involved in the activities and outreach of the parishes in San Francisco and neighboring dioceses.
This is the first time that The Culture Project has sent a missionary team to San Francisco. “We hope that the seeds we plant here,” said Peter Santiago, “will bear great fruit for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Church at large.” By speaking in schools and parishes, the missionaries hope to offer an alternative to young people. They realize that now more than ever young people are at risk of losing their way. They see a world that is losing hope in real love and an opportunity through mission to make a difference. Through authentic encounters and a spirit of joy, they proclaim the good news of life and love everywhere they go.
To proclaim the good news, the missionaries constantly turn to the teaching of the Church to inform their outreach. They especially refer to the work of Saint Pope John Paul II, who said:
He is called in that truth which has been his heritage from the beginning, the heritage of his heart, which is deeper than the sinfulness inherited, deeper than lust. The words of Christ, set in the whole reality of creation and redemption, reactivate that deeper heritage and give it real power in man’s life.
The five missionaries let young people know that the deeper heritage of their heart, that restless desire for authentic and beautiful love, runs deeper than any wounds. They believe that young people deserve to know that their desires are calling them to lay down their lives in authentic love.
In their endeavor to offer the Archdiocese hope, the whole team is grateful to the staff at Saint Brendan’s and at Saint Cecilia’s for their kind hospitality and the opportunity to be a guest in the parish communities for their stay in San Francisco. Prayer is a pillar of their mission. They look forward to seeing the parishioners at Mass and other parish events in the near future.
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