Junior Mission Trip


Junior Mission Trip - St. Thomas Aquinas – Rutledge, TN

March 15-20, 2020


Cost:  $660

Registration: https://forms.gle/PoNjGXtTTyC3NDCHA

TURN IN $100 deposit to Ms. Cretors after your registration. Checks should be made out to St. Thomas Aquinas. $50 dollars is non-refundable.


The Glenmary Group Volunteer Program at Joppa Mountain (Toppa Joppa) is a ministry of Glenmary Home Missioners. Glenmary is a Catholic society of priests and brothers, who along with lay coworkers, have been dedicated for the past 75 years to establishing a Catholic presence in rural areas and small towns of the United States where the Catholic Church is not yet effectively present.

Glenmary missioners and lay coworkers strive to serve the spiritual and material needs of those living in some of the most impoverished counties in the South and Appalachia and proclaim and witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ and the power of God’s love, mercy and justice.


The program site is located about 30 minutes northeast of Knoxville, Tenn., near Rutledge, in Grainger County.  The volunteer program is designed to give individuals a first-hand experience of missionary service.


The week-long sessions are a retreat-like mission immersion blending the values of service, culture, prayer, community and reflection in an environment of simple living.


The volunteers who serve at Toppa Joppa share in:

  •  Service to area residents
  •  Simplicity of living
  •  Prayer and reflection
  •  Community building

Day 1 - Saturday

11:20 PM Bag Checks

12:00 AM Bus departs


Day 2 - Sunday

8:00 AM Stop for breakfast – 30 min.

1:00 PM Stop for Lunch – 30 min.

4:00 PM Arrive in Rutledge, TN

5:00 PM Dinner - Evening Welcome - Sleep


Day 3-5 - Monday thru Thursday  

  • Home Repair and Home Renovations
  • Kingswood School - work with children and youth
  • Nursing Home and Food Pantries


Day 5 - Thursday

6:00 PM Dinner at a local restaurant

8:00 PM Depart for KC


Day 6 - Friday

8:00 AM Stop for breakfast – 30 min.

12:00 PM Stop for Lunch – 30 min.

2:00 PM Approx. arrival time home