PVI Prays for those suffering

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The recent natural disasters in Texas, Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean have dominated the news lately and one question has been repeatedly asked — what can be done to help? People have been generously donating much-needed water, food and funds to assist those in need.

 

Students and staff at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax have been sending another essential element to those suffering — prayer. Every day, just after the final bell rings, groups of students gather to pray for those in need around the world.

 

PVI Prays started as a few rosaries in the school’s courtyard and turned into daily gatherings of students who come together with their teachers and peers and pray for those who are facing adversity, especially those dealing with the aftermath of the recent hurricanes and earthquakes.

 

These prayer sessions stemmed from a desire of the student body to help those who desperately need it. Christina Zaso, James Dunbar, Thomas Kyte, Sarah D’Esopo and several other students who served on the 2017 PVI Bánica Mission Team were searching for ways to help those experiencing hardship in their own community and in the world at large. After meeting with the leaders of campus ministry and teachers, the daily afternoon prayer session was born.

 

Senior Erin McLaughlin was moved by seeing her peers come together to pray for those who need aid. “Given the circumstances of our world today, it’s really humbling to see people at PVI come out to pray,” said McLaughlin. “I think it speaks volumes of the generosity and compassion of the student body as a whole.”

 

Joyce Krolicki, campus ministry coordinator, said the prayer sessions, usually held in the school’s chapel, can range from two or three to more than 20 students, but the reverence and energy never wane. “Students are finding a great deal of comfort and a place to connect and trust in God’s goodness,” said Krolicki.

 

Paul VI students annually coordinate a huge canned food drive and attend mission trips in the United States and the Caribbean. Now, every school day at 3 p.m., they gather in groups and recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet to ease the world’s suffering.  PVI Prays is one more example of the impact high schoolers can have in their communities and the world at large.

 

“This idea was solely the students,” said Krolicki. “It is always powerful to hear their heartfelt and bold prayers.”

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017