Faith and Service
Service and Justice Initiatives

Immersion Experiences

Immersion experiences allow students the opportunity to be completely immersed in a culture and a reality that is very different from their own. They will be confronted with injustice and come to know the individuals, families and communities that are directly affected.

The aim of our immersion experiences is not to build houses or to serve, but rather to enter into a relationship of solidarity. This relationship then leads to a deeper awareness of injustice and a more profound understanding of the meaning of discipleship.

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  • Camden, NJ

    The Romero Center
    The Camden, NJ Immersion trip The Romero Center offer an exciting immersion trip to The Romero Center, a Retreat and Social Justice Education Center in the heart of East Camden, NJ.  A ministry of St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Catholic Church; their mission is to build bridges of understanding between people of faith in urban and suburban churches, leading people to a deeper awareness of our prophetic vocation, as they respond to their sisters and brothers in remarkable need. The work sites will be throughout the city of Camden allowing time for service and education about the needs of the people.
  • Dorchester, Roxbury

    Boston
    “Who is my neighbor?” A question asked of Jesus in the Gospels and a question we explore during this program through visiting and listening, serving, praying and advocating with and for people in our neighborhood who experience poverty. Participants lodge at BC High and daily spend time a variety of local service partners, including the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, St. Peter’s Parish, Haley House Bakery and the Coalition for Youth Jobs.
  • Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

    Washington DC
    The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual three day gathering for members of the Ignatian family. Students are given opportunities to dialogue and strategize about ways to confront issues of injustice, poverty and oppression both nationally and internationally. This is a powerful experience for students who come away with a deepened faith as a result of shared education, advocacy and liturgy.  Now in its 18th year, the IFTJ has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989.
  • New Orleans, LA

    New Orleans and Gulf Coast Region
    We partner with the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, an organization working for a sustainable, equitable and inclusive community in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast region, by promoting social, racial and economic justice. Amongst other activities students will tour areas affected by Katrina; participate in dialogue on the issues of race, culture and rebuilding; volunteer at a local school, reflect and pray as a group.
  • Syracuse, NY

    Syracuse, NY Service Immersion “Come and See: Backyard Mission
    A ministry of the Brady Faith Center, Come and See will challenge, nurture, and empower participants to become people who love God by growing in compassion for all people, especially the poor and vulnerable, through the unique opportunities available in the city of Syracuse.   Work sites will include ministry to the impoverished, homeless, immigrants, and the disabled. There will be evening speakers, prayers, and reflections. Retreatants will also experience lively faith communities in Syracuse and explore the rich cultural and social justice history of the city such as Underground Railroad sites.
Want to know more about our International Service Immersion programs, visit the Hyde Center for Global Education.