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Campus Ministry: Sr. Seton's Corner

 The Gonzaga Christian Service Program

The Sr. Seton Corner honors the 20 year career of Sr. Seton Cuneen, SNDdeN, whose work at Gonzaga forming men for others and inspiring the community will forever shape the aspirations of the Campus Ministry office to furnish rich Christian Service opportunities. Since her retirement at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the campus ministry office has taken up the work of building on weekly service opportunities for all students as well as service immersion opportunities in both the spring and summer.

The Gonzaga Christian Service Program provides significant volunteer experiences for freshmen, sophomores and juniors, which culminate in a forty hour service requirement for seniors.  As an integral part of a Gonzaga student’s education towards becoming a “man for others”, the service program is designed to provide service experiences that increase in depth and intensity as the student matures.

What begins as a sheltered exposure with the poor for freshmen (helping out at The McKenna Center and Campus Kitchen) grows into an increased affiliation with society’s marginalized as the program brings sophomores on McKenna’s Wagon (a soup kitchen on wheels) and juniors on Food & Friends; and Apopka, FL, a spring break experience for juniors to live and work with migrant farm workers – to homes and streets where poor men, women, and children live.

During their senior year, students complement their community service experiences with an academic course (Social Justice) in which they are asked to observe examples of structural injustice, to develop a critical analysis of its causes, and to anticipate solutions in light of their faith-justice tradition. The forty hour community service component of this course enables the seniors to reflect on their direct contact with the poor through their tutoring with Reading Partners as well as serving the hungry at S.O.M.E.

In addition to opportunities offered during the academic year, Gonzaga provides numerous service projects for our students during the summer.  The Emmitsburg Project is a community service experience in Appalachia for freshmen and sophomores. Additionally, a week long immersion experience in the McKenna Center is open to freshmen and sophomores.  In conjunction with their Social Justice course, juniors have the opportunity to serve the underserved nationally and internationally through programs in Camden, NJ; New Orleans; Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD; the Dominican Republic, and on the US-Mexico border.

During the academic year there are several one-time school-wide opportunities to serve our local community. Similarly, the school sponsors a delegation of faculty and students to attend The Ignatian Family Teach In each year. That event features international and national speakers on justice work and its roots in Catholic Social Teaching.

Service has a long tradition at Gonzaga. And an important reason why our Christian Service Program is so vibrant is due in large measure to the tremendous support it receives from the entire Gonzaga family – most especially from its faculty. We rely heavily not only on their support and enthusiasm for recruitment of student volunteers but also on their own commitment of time and talents on each of our service outreaches.

If you have questions about our service program in general, feel free to contact any member of the Campus Ministry Team. Specific points of contact for various service opportunities are indicated below.

Mr. Donnie Green 202-336-7110,

Ms. Carmen Fitzsimmons: 202-336-7107,

Mr. Stephen Szolosi: 202-336-7108,

Sr. Carroll Ann Kemp and Mrs. Patty Tobin:

Service Opportunities 2016-2017

Father Horace McKenna Center: located on campus in the basement of St. Aloysius Church. An outreach to poor and homeless men. Freshmen & Sophomores: Help prepare, serve, or clean for lunch meals. Thursdays and Fridays at lunchtime.

Mr. Donnie Green 202-336-7110,

Washington Jesuit Academy: On Mondays 3-5 p.m., Freshmen & Sophomores coach and play chess with 5th graders.

Mr. Donnie Green 202-336-7110,

McKenna’s Wagon: named after our beloved Father McKenna and sponsored by Martha’s Table, this soup-kitchen on wheels brings soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages to the needy at two parks in downtown DC. During the academic year, our sophomores man this outreach every Wednesday eveningSophomore Class Project:  Wednesdays from 4:20 – 7:20 pm; the group meets at Campus Ministry before departure.

Mr. Stephen Szolosi: 202-336-7108,

Food & Friends: prepares, packages and delivers meals and groceries to people living with life threatening illnesses, making sure no one needs to face an illness on an empty stomach. During the academic year, our juniors deliver meals (along with a friendly smile) to DC residents of the Shaw neighborhood every Tuesday during lunch. Junior Class Project:   Tuesdays during lunch times.

Ms. Carmen Fitzsimmons: 202-336-7107,

Campus Kitchen: located in the kitchen of the McKenna Center. Volunteers create nourishing meals from recycled donated food on Mondays and Thursdays 3-5 pm. On Tuesdays and Fridays 3-5 pm these nutritious meals are delivered (along with a friendly smile) to needy families, children and elderly in our Gonzaga neighborhood.  Support from students is needed especially during our break periods, when volunteers are not as readily available.  Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Mrs. Patty Tobin:

Apopka Immersion Experience: This unique consciousness raising opportunity to live and work (agricultural) with immigrant families in Central Florida. This week long spring break program is open to eight studentsJunior Class ProjectApplications available late autumn.

          Special Events

Mass of Thanksgiving, Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Church. Collection offertory for the McKenna Center.

Adopt-a-Family at Christmas. Many families in our Gonzaga neighborhood need our assistance in making Christmas a spiritual and joyful experience. Contact Mr. Donnie Green 202-336-7110, for more information.