Newbridge College students on a mission to Trinidad

Missionary work

Niamh O'Donoghue


Niamh O'Donoghue

Newbridge College students on a mission to Trinidad

Some of the students and teachers who will be travelling to Trinidad

A group of hard-working Newbridge College students and their teachers are embarking on an exciting adventure to work with the poor in Trinidad.

Twenty five students and five teachers, including Newbridge College based, Trinidadian Dominican priest Fr Matthew Martinez OP, will visit Matthew's country of origin for two weeks at Easter. They will carry out important missionary work with the Living Water Community in the capital of Trinidad, Port of Spain.

“The group of fifth years will engage closely with the disadvantaged, the marginalised and the needy of the parish in a variety of ways, be it providing comfort and aid to the elderly impoverished, hungry children, halfway houses, cancer patients, abandoned youth and will learn about providing general spiritual direction,” said one of the organisers.

“The students and teachers involved have all paid for their own flights through summer jobs and sponsored events and are now taking part in further extensive fundraising activities, the proceeds of which will all go to the Living Water Community who describe their mission as follows: 'Our Community has a vibrant ministry to the poor in Trinidad - the physically poor and the spiritually poor.

“In a world where the illiterate, hungry, homeless and destitute spill on to our streets every day, we see the need for basic care, nourishment and self-development programmes managed in an efficient, cost-effective manner.”

The teachers said the students are still making tireless efforts to raise funds in order to bring a much needed donation to the Living Water Community but also to bring a message of hope to our Trinidadian family.

“They will also share some of our own culture through Irish music, poetry, dance, sporting and media presentations. It will be a collaborative, spiritual and charitable mission that would greatly appreciate the support of the Newbridge community,” she added.