Sodality members of Jesuit High School's Agmen Christi can be found scattered about the Tampa Bay area on any given Sunday, small, dedicated groups of students committed to service for those in need.
Agmen Christi serves in three locales just about every Sunday: Brookdale (formerly Emeritus), a retirement home in Carrollwood Village; Pinellas Hope, an organization serving the homeless in Clearwater; and Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, which cares for the homeless in a four-county area.
At Brookdale, Jesuit students visit and interact with residents, and organize Sunday Mass. At Pinellas Hope, the students prepare and serve lunch to the homeless.
Agmen Christi works two shifts at Metropolitan Ministries on Sunday evenings, with students helping in the kitchen and serving in the food line for the temporary residents.
Sunday, April 12 was an especially busy day even by Agmen Christi standards. In addition to the aforementioned weekly service opportunities, once a month members also travel to Plant City to tutor migrant children and play soccer with them.
(Above photo: Guill Gomez '15 reads to a migrant child in Spanish.)
Also on April 12, several members of Agmen Christi participated in Festa Italiana in Ybor City. They served as ushers and altar servers at Mass in the Italian Club, and then carried the statue of the Holy Family in the traditional processional through the streets surrounding Centennial Park, marking the opening of the festival.
In addition to all of its service locally, Agmen Christi members make about six trips annually to the impoverished community of Belle Glade in the Everglades, to serve those residents.
Please see a photo gallery from Festa Italiana below, or click here.
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