Students raise $4,600 for charity during Lenten Mission Collection

Each year during Lent, students at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School organize a Lenten Mission Collection (LMC) in which the entire student body, faculty, and staff raise funds for worthy causes with some connection to the school. This year, Mr. Gary Minadeo's (’74) functions and statistics class, which consists of all seniors and one junior, again took on the challenge of planning and executing the LMC.

The theme of this year's collection was “What Would You Do for the LMC?” The collection, which kicked off on Ash Wednesday and ended on Wednesday, April 10, totaled $4,600, allowing VASJ students to donate $1,000 to each of the following organizations: The City of Children Orphanage (John Shinsky ’69) in Matamoros, Mexico; Comunidad of Oscar Arnulfo Romero (COAR) in El Salvador; Our Lady of Nazareth Marianist elementary school in Kenya; and St. Angela-St. Aloysius Pre-School, a Marianist sponsored parish in Cleveland.

A donation of $600 was made to Domus Pacis Family Respite in Colorado which ministers to terminally ill patients and their families, and is the ministry of Vincent White-Petteruti (’69) and his wife, Mary Louise.

The Ursuline core value of service and social consciousness as well as the Marianist characteristic of educating for service, justice and peace, are at the core of everything we do at VASJ. The Lenten Mission Collection is another wonderful example of VASJ’s core values in action.


Mr. Gary Minadeo's ('74) functions and statistics class spearheaded the Lenten Mission Collection at VASJ, raising $4,600 for charity. From left to right: Brandi Bruce, Brittany Shumar, Chris West, Bianca Gulley, Carmen Johnson, Maria Dybzinski, Jeremy  Hall, Tyann Carter and Josh Duke (not pictured: Trashay Harris)