Immersions, Exchanges, and Pilgrimages Offer Unique Experiences for Students

Immersion experiences afford students the opportunity to be confronted with injustice and come to know the individuals, families, and communities directly affected. Immersion can include credit for community service, but the real aim of our immersion experiences is to enter into a relationship of solidarity, and understand and respect a life different than our own. This will lead to a deeper awareness of injustice and a more profound sense of how one can direct their talents and commit their future focus in life with a faith that does justice.

International exchanges give students and their families a chance to experience the rich diversity of other cultures firsthand. Being hosted by a family in a foreign country requires patience, gratitude, and openness to new things. as we;; as returning that gift to them when their students come to our homes. This exchange facilitates understanding between people and cultures. Education about the world, and solidarity with individuals from every corner of it, is achieved on these journeys.

Pilgrimages are opportunities for students to journey in faith with the hope of increasing and strengthening one’s spirituality and union with the Church’s tradition of prayer, sacraments, and community life. These can certainly be a result of immersions and exchanges as well, but pilgrimages require a participant to have an expectant and outward faith that celebrates holiness.

The Office of Faith and Justice-offering you entrance to a world much larger than yourself...

 
 

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  • Fall Immersion Experiences

    Havasupai Community
    The Grand Canyon, Havasupai Village
    Issues Examined: Exploring the Strong Heritage and Modern Challenges of Native American Cultures
     
    Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
    Washington, D.C.
    Issues Examined: Ignatian Networking, U.S. Interests and Global Justice, Legislative Advocacy

    Kino Border Initiative
    Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico
    Issues Examined: Immigration, U.S./Mexico Border Issues

    Tia Foundation Medical Mission
    This trip takes students to the small mountain villages around Guadalajara, Mexico. Students receive training equivalent to Emergency Medical Technician training in the U.S., learning to set broken bones, provide first aid, administer medications, and even assist in childbirth. They set up and staff clinics for five days, expecting to serve approximately 100 patients during that time.

    Issues examined: Healthcare Access, Rural Poverty, Basic Medical Training, Future Medical Profession Realities
  • Winter Immersion Experiences

    Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
    San Andres, Guatemala
    Issues Examined: Experience the Life of Pequeños: Social, Political, Economic, Religious Justice Issues Specific to Guatemala  
     
    Walk for Life
    San Francisco, California
    Issues Examined: Respect Life Advocacy, Education, and Networking
     
    March for Life 
    Washington, D.C.
    Issues Examined: Respect Life Advocacy, Education, Networking, Lobbying Congress
     
    LA Urban Plunge
    Los Angeles, California
    Issues Examined: Gang Violence, Homelessness, Urban Gentrification, Drug Addiction, Unemployment
     
    Phoenix Urban Plunge
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Issues Examined: Immigration, Homelessness, Poverty, and Other Local Issues

    Kino Border Initiative
    Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico
    Issues Examined: Immigration, U.S./Mexico Border Issues
  • Spring Immersion Experiences

    Navajo Nation/Hopi Reservation
    St. Jude’s Church in Tuba City, Arizona
    Issues Examined: Exploring the Strong Heritage and Modern Challenges of Native American Cultures; Includes Work for St. Mary’s Food Bank
     
    Alabama Civil Rights Immersion for Service and Solidarity
    Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, Tuskegee, and Other Communities
    Issues Examined: Civil Rights Movement History, Poverty in America, Race-Related Challenges in Modern U.S., Diversity Studies
     
    Poverty in America
    Camden, New Jersey
    Issues Examined: Poverty in America, Opportunity Gap in Education and Employment, Crime Reduction and Housing Issues
     
    Port au Prince, Haiti
    Issues Examined:  Poverty, Earthquake Relief and NGOs, Education and Health

    Kino Border Initiative
    Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico
    Issues Examined: Immigration, U.S./Mexico Border Issues

    Havasupai Community
    The Grand Canyon, Havasupai Village
    Issues Examined: Exploring the Strong Heritage and Modern Challenges of Native American Cultures
  • Summer Immersion, Exchange, and Pilgrimage Experiences

    Appalachia, West Virginia
    Issues Examined:  Poverty, Mining/Mountaintop Coal Removal, Appalachian Culture
     
    Boundary Waters, Minnesota
    Issues Examined:  Respect for Creation, Sustainability, Spiritual Renewal

    El Salvador
    Issues Examined: Poverty, Immigration, War, Church as Voice for the Voiceless

    Puebla, Mexico
    Issues Examined: Immigration, Sustainability, Free Trade
     
    Lima, Tacna, Arequipa, and Cusco, Peru
    Issues Examined: Poverty, Immigration, Climate Change, Fair Trade
     
    Camino Ignaciano
    Barcelona, Loyola, Spain, Catalonia and Basque regions
    This pilgrimage requires training for and completion of 130 miles of walking from Loyola to Barcelona with gear and supplies.
     
    Argentina Exchange
    Phoenix, Arizona and Santa Fe, Argentina
    Issues Examined: Teen life in Latin America, Poverty, and Educational Access
     
    China Exchange  
    Phoenix, Arizona and Beijing, China
    Issues Examined: Teen Life in China, Historical Context and Modern Development in China