CLAA Missions

Welcome to CLAA Missions! by W. Michael
May 22, 2012, 3:28 PM
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Thank you for visiting with us.  In case you don’t already know, CLAA Missions is a private organization sponsored and operated by the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.   Our mission is to answer Our Lord’s command–as families–to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” through lives devoted to the works of mercy.

We believe that the suffering endured by Christians around the world (many of whom are children) cannot be ignored and neglected by any true followers of Christ.  We believe that indulging in the luxury and comforts of modern society in developed countries must be checked by generous care for the poor, whether here or elsewhere.  St. John provides us with this challenge in his first epistle:

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Let us not love in word nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth. “

We believe that Christian children must be raised in active service of the Church’s missionary works and that those children who get a taste of the heroic works of religious brothers and sisters among the poorest of the poor and who participate in those works never forget them.  Suddenly, Christianity becomes to them what it is in Scripture and in Church history–a great battle for souls fought with spiritual weapons and spiritual enemies–that calls from us everything that our nature can muster.  We believe that the falling away of so many Christian teens is caused by being allowed to grow accustomed to an idle and selfish life before they “fall away”.

Therefore, we invite you–yes, FAMILIES–to learn about our works and get involved.  Your family can do missionary work and live a mission-oriented life.  Join us in living lives worthy of the Gospel and raising a generation of children whose minds are filled with heavenly thoughts, whose hearts burn with missionary zeal and whose bodies know what it feels like to take up our cross and follow the Lord.

Please contact us freely with any questions you have.

God bless,
William & Dania Michael






Start a New Life by W. Michael
June 30, 2012, 3:24 PM
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In Church history, evangelization didn’t consist of encouraging people to believe something new while they continued doing something old.  It was an invitation to start a new life as a member of the Christian community, seeking first the kingdom of heaven in a loving and joyful community.  

Normally, our lives cannot simply be “fixed”.  As with old buildings, it is often necessary to demolish the old building and start the new building from the ground up.  God has taught us that “Bad company corrupts good morals”, and that often means that to renew one’s life one must be able to depart from bad company and grow in good company.  We can help individuals and families do that.

If you know someone who would like to start a new life in Christ, but is prevented from doing so by difficult circumstances, please have them contact us.  The CLAA Missions community welcomes men, woman and families who would like to start new lives in a Christian environment.  Here, we can obey the command of St. Paul to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” and get started as new creatures.  Learn to live a simple, holy and good life while studying God’s word, sharing in the work of the community and helping others do the same.  We may not be the wealthiest, smartest or more beautiful people on earth, but Christ does not see men as other men see us–He is pleased with humble hearts and holy desires. 

If you like to learn more about the CLAA Missions community contact us at: or by calling 1-800-318-0261.  Support from fellow Christians is greatly appreciated

God bless,
William Michael 

Help Us Supply the MOP by W. Michael
June 17, 2012, 5:05 PM
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Dear friends,

From here in Monroe, NC, the Missionaries of the Poor ship containers of supplies to their missions overseas.  We assist the MOPs in gathering and preparing supplies for these containers and delivering them when shipments are prepared.  Please read the following letter to learn how you can help.  If you can’t read the image of the support request, click here to read the letter in PDF format.

If you would like to help us answer  this request, please send your contributions to:

CLAA Missions
1621 Stack Road
Monroe, NC 28112
Attn:  MOP Collections

Opportunities also exist for you to visit and help the MOP here on the ground.  Contact us for more info.

Thank you ,
Bill & Dania Michael

Holy Innocents Center (Kingston, Jamaica) by W. Michael
May 23, 2012, 12:32 PM
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Sister Claire with baby Stephen at Holy Innocents Center.

A message from a former CLAA student, Claire Turpin who is now Sister Claire Turpin, M.O.P., serving with the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica.   While the MOPs have well over 500 brothers working around the world, they have just established an order for sisters, and Claire was a member of the first group to join.   She is serving at Holy Innocents Center, which provides care for poor mothers and unwanted babies in the Jamaican ghetto.

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Blessings Mr. and Mrs. Michael!

Greetings from Holy Innocents Center!  I hope you are all well. You are all in my daily prayers. Our community and apostolate has been growing. May 6th we began our novitiate and recieved the habit. Just two days ago, another one of our mothers had her baby. Everyday there’s a fresh flow of God’s work cut out for the sisters. We began Catechism classes for children and adults on Saturdays. I have the priveleged joy of teaching the children with Sr. Emily.

And by the grace of God we also manage two clinics weekly–one for pregnant mothers and another for the general community.

The reason for my email is actually this.  We desperately need office supplies such as ink cartridges and printing paper. I was wondering if you could help us in that way. It is a continual need because we use it for the clinic registration and catechism classes, among other things as well.   Our printer is an HP Officejet 5475 Cartridge # 675 CN691A.  I don’t know if maybe that’s something the CLAA could sponsor.

Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated, and God will never forget you for giving an ink cartridge in His name for the least of your brothers and sisters!  On a side note, the diapers and formula have practically run dry, so if you could also get the word out.  Help us to feed the babies!!  So while you are rallying the troups, we have no more newborn diapers.

We really need diapers size 1, 2, and 3. The baby formula has just about run dry as well.   Enfamil GentleEase is preferred, but really any formula will work. And some other things like:

  • Baby Nail clippers
  • Dettol Antiseptic
  • Baby Soap/Shampoo/oil
  • Pens, Paperclips, highlighters, notebooks
  • Baby wipes

We also need a pedal for our electric keyboard Yamaha PSR 170.

And while you are at it, you can also recruit a couple more vocations for us from the CLAA.  (Elizabeth…you have a couple more years. 🙂 )

May the Lord bless you abundantly Mr. and Mrs. Michael!  Come visit us soon. 🙂

In the arms of Mother Mary,
Sister Claire Turpin M.O.P.S.

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If you would like to help us supply these needs, you can send a donation or the requested supplies to CLAA Missions, 1621 Stack Road, Monroe, NC 28112.  You can also join us on a CLAA Missions visit to Holy Innocents Center in Jamaica and meet sister Claire and all the other MOP brothers and sisters in Kingston.

God bless,

Saturday Catechism & Care (Monroe, NC) by W. Michael
May 22, 2012, 11:29 AM
Filed under: U.S. Missions

On Saturday mornings, many local poor families gather at the monastery of the Missionaries of the Poor here in Monroe, NC for prayer, evangelization and food.  We assist in providing catechesis for young children, groceries for them to take home for the week and many other needs that arise.  We also provide the families with opportunities to celebrate birthday parties, holiday feasts and other special events in a safe and beautiful place on the CLAA property. These families often live in homes shared by 3 or more families with as many as 30 people living in a single home out of necessity.  Many of them are Catholics who are forced to turn to the state for help when no assistance is available from the Church or the Christian laity.  This often leads to public schooling, where their children are absorbed into mainstream American culture and led away from the faith and into a materialistic and selfish mindset that impoverishes the family even further.  The daughters, many of whom are beautiful young Catholic  girls, are pulled into all sorts of bad company and many have been led into prostitution by the attractiveness of having money.

We invite you to join us in this work whether by contributing to its costs, praying for the families and our work with them, or physically joining us and helping.  We will be working to develop work for the fathers, many of whom are hindered from working because of real sicknesses and injuries.  For more information, contact us.

Mount Carmel Primary School (Belize) by W. Michael
May 22, 2012, 11:07 AM
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Mount Carmel Primary School provides all children with a Catholic education, regardless of whether they can afford to pay tuition or not.   The school seeks its income from sources outside of tuition and supply charges to students.   CLAA Missions will be working with Cross Catholic Outreach to  help provide student lunches, which are often the only meal  of the day for these children.

If you would like to help us with this project or join us on a missions trip to Belize, please contact us.

P.S.  For those of you who know Fr. Max of the Missionaries of the Poor, this is his home country.

Salesian Home for Girls (Mexico) by W. Michael
May 22, 2012, 10:58 AM
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When we think of poverty, we always think about hunger and disease, but what we often fail to consider the terrible social problems that develop in  the midst of poverty.  Most of all, beautiful young girls are regularly subjected to forced prostitution, rape, and more.  Girls are normally the last to receive education and where marriage and Catholic family values–or even traditional western values–are not held in honor, women can be stuck in these societies with nowhere to turn for help.

The living conditions among the indigenous communities of Mexico are deplorable.  The Salesian Home for Girls in Tuxtla Gutierrez is a sanctuary for these young, at-risk girls. At the home, they receive food, clothing, medical care and a safe shelter. Under the protection of the Salesian sisters, the girls receive spiritual formation and are able to attend local schools.

CLAA Missions is working to assist Cross Catholic Outreach in partnering with this mission to provide vital, nutritious food to help the girls stay
healthy and focused on their studies. We need your help to offer ongoing support to ensure they receive the meals they need to obtain an education and escape the bonds of poverty.  If you would like to help us with this project or join us on a mission trip to the home, please contact us.