Parishioners from the Essex Catholic Community are on a 10-day service and educational experience to the Appalachian Catholic Worker Farm in Spencer, West Virginia. They left June 19 under the leadership of Jeannie Kirkhope, a member of the Catholic Worker Movement founded by Dorothy Day. The 10 teenagers and four adults will have an intense experience in Catholic social teaching and service in one of most impoverished areas of the country. Edmundite Father Charles Ranges has asked for prayers that the trip will be a safe and life-transforming experience for all involved. Those involved and the Essex Catholic Community are financing the trip. The group will be posting a blog at during the trip. Follow along!