Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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MILFORD – A group of Lauralton Hall students experienced an adventure of a lifetime on a recent service trip to Guatemala.

The students spent eight days working side-by-side with villagers in Cacabal II, building a three-classroom school. They also learned about geography, economics and social justice and about the Mayan civilization.

The trip was made possible by School the World, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the gift of education to the children of the developing world.  Students were accompanied by Kate Curran, founder of School of the World and a Lauralton alumna, along with Spanish teachers Pat Doerr and Bertha Maiese. 


"The trip was incredible," said Ms. Doerr.  "I am so proud of these young women. They painted concrete, milked cows, made tortillas and taught the children in the school."

Diamante McKay, ’15, was one of the students who made the trip. "My greatest surprise was that I came here wanting to change lives and mine was changed instead," she said. "I was so impressed with all of the people we met. They were very poor, with few material possessions, but they were very rich in spirit."

Senior Regina Magi learned not to take anything for granted, "I am even going to enjoy the paint on my school," she said.

Jillian Shugrue, ’15, spoke along the same lines. "At home I sometimes complain about going to school, yet the girls in Guatemala think it’s the best thing ever, especially as I go to an all-girls' school."

Information about Lauralton Hall’s language department and international trips is available from Ms. Doerr at