By Gavin McDermott
Spanish National Honors Society strives to exemplify charity, knowledge, and acceptance of people in their community. This past weekend, Saturday, November 21, members of Spanish National Honors Society ventured to Missionaries of the Poor in Monroe. 15 members went to M.O.P. to help God’s brothers with yard work. Members of the Society raked leaves, mowed grass, and picked up trash around the Monastery.
Members Elyse Ferris and Annemarie Bryson organized this event with Missionaries of the Poor. Spanish National Honors Society looks to give back to their community. After yard work, Brother Chilu gave the members a tour of the M.O.P. warehouse in Monroe, where they store food and supplies to be shipped to monasteries around the world. After their excursion to the warehouse, Kumel Weldegebriel and Elyse Ferris went back to the Monastery to distribute food and clothing.
Elyse Ferris said, “I’m glad we got to bring such a big group to see the Brothers in Monroe! I think it’s important for people to learn about all the amazing work that they do.” Elyse’s strong knowledge of the Spanish language attributes to her success in the Honors Society. Elyse adds, “It was really nice of Brother Chilu to give everyone a tour of the warehouse.”
Annemarie Bryson, President of Spanish Honors Society, took a group of members consisting of Grayson Hahn, Meghan Murless, Kelsey Murless, Laura Haller, Sarah Greenwald, Rachel Arenas, Kumel Weldegebriel, Madison Huber, Lindsey Mahn, Maggie Kuhn, Kathryn Gustafson, Payton Fanelli, Elyse Ferris, and Margaret Kunik to M.O.P. Annemarie, co-organizer of the trip, bought supplies and food for the brothers and also picked up families who attended the event in Monroe. Annemarie said, “Members held prayer services and bible lessons for kids, as well as serve lunches to underprivileged families in the area, who largely consist of Hispanic families.”
The main goal of Spanish Honors Society is to use members Spanish abilities to better their surroundings and to grow in the language. Annamarie says, “Many of us are not fluent in Spanish, but love the language and want to grow in it.” The Honors society wants to help those around them through service.