DESCRIPTION: Seedbearers is a week-long spiritual/work retreat, where we work on homes of people that cannot afford repairs. Seedbearers is made up of teens and adults primarily from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and partner parishes who volunteer their time. The goal is to reach out to others and minister to their needs, while spreading the Good News. There is no cost to the homeowner, and all the work, materials, and money to do this comes from donations. Seedbearers is also a place where teens can grow spiritually and learn valuable life lessons. Teens are given the opportunity to be creative, to use their gifts and talents, lead prayer services, make decisions, work as a team, have fun, and be a part of a lifestyle that is different from their own.
MISSION: Seedbearers has 3 main focus points. First, and foremost, our focus is on God; He is the reason for everything and obviously, the main reason for spreading the Good News. Second, our focus is on the teens; it is about empowering teens and getting them to know who Christ is. Our third focus is on community; the building up of community within the Seedbearer organization, as well as the build up in the community that we will be working within. Prayerful thought should be given before decisions are enacted.
- To grow and develop in the Catholic faith and in relationship to the Trinity through service, prayer and community
- To learn how to live as a community by sharing in domestic responsibilities, praying and playing together solving problems and making decisions as a group, and working as a team.
- To learn how to plan prayer services, to experience community prayer and sharing, and to learn how to develop liturgies for Mass
- To share one’s life and talents with others, and to allow those being served to do likewise.
- To develop skills necessary to perform a variety of home repairs.
HISTORY: Seedbearers started in 1991 by Mary Saffa. She and a handful of teens and adults went to Old Mines, Missouri to work on one house. They stayed at the Saint Michael House which is run by the Rural Parish Workers. As the years progressed, the group continued to multiply. Instead of just working on one home, they could work on as many as 7 homes in one week. In 1999, the Seedbearers moved to Perryville, Missouri. They stayed at the Saint Vincent High School. There, they began to take a bigger initiative to work closely with the local businesses and other communities within Perryville and the neighboring towns. After 9 amazing years, the Seedbearers left Perryville. In 2008, the Seedbearers moved to Saint Rose of Lima in DeSoto, Missouri. They could not return the following year, because of school renovations. So in 2009, they moved to Our Lady, Queen of Peace in House Springs, Missouri. In 2011, they moved to St. Alphonsus in Millwood, MO. There they hope to find a home for many years. We would like to thank all of those that have donated to us, prayed for us, and supported us. We ask for your continued support and prayers.