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 Manus Christi Mission Trip

​"Christ has no hands by yours." - St. Teresa of Avila

When is Manus Christi?
Sunday, June 23 to Friday, June 28, 2019
We will depart on Sunday and return on Friday.

What is Manus Christi?
Manus Christi is Latin for "Hands of Christ." Manus Christi is an active reflection of St. Teresa's words, mixing vibrant prayer, engaging catechesis and formation, and significant service with and to those in need. This week-long service and mission experience offered by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston gives entering 9-12 graders the opportunity to encounter Christ in those in need while learning about and living the concepts of personal dignity, the common good, solidarity, and subsidiarity.

Who is eligible to attend Manus Christi?
Manus Christi is designed for high school students entering ninth through twelfth grade. Our group will also need adult chaperones, (21 and over). All young people attending this pilgrimage will be under the supervision of the youth director, Elisa Esasky, as well as parish and diocesan chaperones. Chaperones will be under the instruction of the diocesan group leader.  All adult chaperones (21 and over) must have clearances.

How do I register for Manus Christi?
The total cost is $315 for youth. Chaperones are $250. Clergy and religious are free. Transportation from the Diocese of Greensburg will be provided. A deposit of $50/person is due December 1, 2018. Interested individuals can pay by check or use WeShare and make a payment online. 

Please note that Elisa Esasky must receive your registration and proof of payment. 
Again, registration and your deposit is due by December 1, 2018. Space is limited and will be first come first serve. 


A portion of the fee ($157.50/youth and $125/adult) is eligible for Francis Fund. This grant application that will be provided after initial registration will be due January 1, 2018.

Where is Manus Christi?
Centrally isolated in the heart of West Virginia, the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center is the hub for this ministry. Our group from St. Barbara will stay at this nearly 1,400 acre retreat facility and summer camp set in scenic Appalachia.  From here, we will serve in the surrounding areas of Randolph and Pocahontas counties.

The Catholic Church in Wheeling-Charleston has been ministering to the people in the Tygart Valley for over 70 years through the agricultural ministry of the Salesians and the hospitality of those who live and work with the BHPC. We partner with Catholic Charities and Habitat for Humanity to serve our neighbors, and we are in this for the long haul.

What will we do?
Prayer: Prayer is the basis for a relationship with Christ and for all ministry. Put simply, prayer is the foundation of love. While at Manus Christi, participants will engage in a variety of Catholic prayer styles and experience the breadth of traditions in the Church.
Sacraments: The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith and for Manus Christi. Mass, adoration, and confession will be cornerstones for your experience.
Service: Love requires action. At the last supper, Jesus gave us an example of humility and service and told us to go and do likewise. Manus Christi provides opportunities to serve Christ by serving the people around us.
Formation: What separates Manus Christi from other forms of volunteerism? Formation. Each day we will spend time diving into the teachings of the Church and using dynamic adventure activities, reflections, and other means to help participants fall in love with Jesus Christ.
Fellowship: Among other things, it is essential that your time with us be FUN. Time spent with friends and building new relationships are important parts of Manus Christi. The schedule is designed to allow you to get to know people you didn't come with, as well your own group, more.