Immersions, exchanges and pilgrimages play important roles in a Jesuit education
Immersion experiences afford students the opportunity to be confronted with injustice and come to know the individuals, families and communities directly affected. The aim of these experiences is to give students the opportunity to enter into a relationship of solidarity, and to learn to understand and respect a life different from one's own. This will lead to a deeper awareness of injustice and a more profound sense of how a student can direct his talents and commit his future focus in life to 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, and we want to return the gift to them when their students come to our homes. This exchange facilitates understanding between people and cultures. Getting to know the diverse cultures and people of the world allows for the development of solidarity with them, as we learn that we are more alike than different, and that our differences enrich us rather than divide us.
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.
Experiences that offer you entrance to a world much larger than yourself...