Spring Break Mission Trips

Serve and Be Served. Grow in your faith.

Be challenged. Love more.


SPRING BREAK WEEK: March 11-18th, 2018

WHY DO WE GO?

We offer these trips as a response to Jesus' call to serve and be served by others.

Our trips attempt to go beyond service and offer experiences that challenge us in how we live out our faith.

We are asking you to go beyond your comfort zone and engage the world in a new way. We hope these trips shake you, arrest you and change you.

Our trips are a faith-based opportunities for students to pray, reflect, and learn from the people we serve.

These trips are great ways to increase our social awareness, deepen our faith, and have a lot of fun!

HOW DO WE GO?

There are 6 core values that guide how we participate on our Spring Break Mission Trips.

1. Mission - We go because we are sent. Part of our baptismal call is to be Christ for others.

2. Prayer - We cannot hope to do this work without Christ as the center. During the week you will pray. A lot. It is only through prayer that we will overcome whatever hang ups we have that hinder us from authentic relationships.

3. Community - We go as a group, not as individuals. We strive to create a trusted community, both among our group and the places in which we serve.

4. Simplicity - We take only those things we need. We live during the week as simply as we can. We do not want anything to distract us from creating relationships with each other and the people whom we serve with and under.

5. Social Justice - While during the week much of what we do will be short term service, we want you to begin to ask the deeper questions of why. Using Catholic Social Teaching and social analysis as tools to discover these answers, we wish to go beyond merely performing acts of charity to transforming our world into the beloved Kindom of God.

6. Conversion - We want you to be different when you come back. We need you to look at the world different. It is through this conversion that we can begin to do the hard work of justice.

WHERE DO WE GO?

Click on the links below to learn about where you will be living and serving.

Chicago, Illinois

In Chicago, you will be staying at the Su Casa Catholic Worker. This trip will include opportunities to live in community with the guests of the house, serve in a soup kitchen, learn about reconciliation ministries, and issues of racial justice. This trip is preferred for students in their 3rd year and older.

David, Kentucky

St. Vincent Mission provides assistance to those in need in Appalachia. You'll assist with home repair, garden assistance, and have opportunities to meet people through your service. You'll also have an opportunity to experience God through the environment by walks in the hills and forest of Southern Kentucky.

St. Louis, Missouri

This trip addresses racism and white supremacy and our call as Catholics to dismantle such systems. You'll work at a middle school, attend workshops and serve at a Catholic Worker House by cooking dinner for the residents. You'll learn about the effects of racism on communities of color and how those communities work towards liberation.

Camden, New Jersey

You'll participate in the Urban Challenge through the Romero Center. This is a service-learning, immersion experience rooted in the Catholic Faith tradition. You will pray, serve and reflect in community to learn about how we are called as Catholics to take action on behalf of the poor and marginalized. Service will be both doing work and being present to others.

Spencer, West Virginia

At the Appalachian Catholic Worker, you'll have opportunities to swing hammers and get your hands dirty. But you'll also learn about Appalachian culture and the issues that effect both the land and the people. You'll learn the devastating effects of Mountaintop Removal and the struggle of miners in the early 20th century.

These are all tentative. We will have a Spring Break Mission Trip information meeting on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 with more information.

STUDENT PARTICIPATION EXPECTATIONS

Each participant will meet with their Mission Trip group.

    • Important dates:
      • Sunday, January 14th - Kick off Dinner
      • Starting January 28th - March 3 - Weekly Meetings with your group.
      • March 3rd - Blessing of participants at the 5:30 pm Mass.
    • It is important that you are able to commit to this aspect of the experience. Accommodation will be made for those who are on co-op out of town or state. Those in state and those in classes are required to make meetings.

Each participant is asked to pay for their trip in full or fund raise.

    • The total cost of the trip is required to participate on a trip. Depending on your site, you may need to fund raise to make up the difference between the total cost and your deposit. Please see application information for more details.

Open Heart and Mind.

    • We'd like all students to be open to their experiences on the trips. You might feel a little uncomfortable, but we want you to feel supported. We'd like all our students to participate fully in the week, doing whatever is asked of us, as well as evening prayer and reflection.