For the 14th year, a mission trip developed by a pair of Viatorian associates brought teens to carry out service
for the poor and marginalized, right in their own backyards.
The Hearts of Hope Youth Ministry draws teens from parishes in Kankakee. Led by Viatorians Associates Ken and Michelle Barrie, some 40 young people served the needs of residents in Pembroke, IL — located just 25 miles from Kankakee and reported to be one of the poorest townships in the country.
The teens also sorted food donations at the Northern Illinois food Bank food distribution, visited the Senior Citizens Center and hosted activities for children at camp.
“I truly feel that working in Pembroke is carrying out Fr. Querbes’ vision,” Michelle Barrie says, “of working with those accounted of little or no importance.”