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, and we want to return the 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.