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In the spirit of the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Center for Ministry and Service at Regis College seeks to offer students the opportunity to serve our “Dear Neighbor”. The service programs offered by the Center for Ministry and Service provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to stand in solidarity with our Dear Neighbors who find themselves living on the margins of our society. Every year the Center for Ministry and Service offers opportunities for local, national, and international service and immersion trips. These experiences serve as inspiration to everyone who chooses to commit to this type of work and they would not be possible without the outpouring of support from the Regis community. This year we are proud to announce our four service opportunities:
Peru Solidarity Trip (spring break)
The Peru solidarity trip was brought to Regis about 11 years ago. It is an international service-learning trip to Villa El Salvador, an urban rural area on the outskirts of Lima - the capital city of Peru. Villa El Salvador is a coastal village with about 400,000 residents and it is located 12 miles outside of Lima. This trip was designed to allow Regis College students to stand and live in solidarity with a community of people that have very different living circumstances than our own. We work with the community, the local church youth group, orphanages, young adults from the local University, and elderly who reside in nursing homes.
Mustard Seed Community Trip Nicaragua Service Trip (Spring Break)
The Center for Ministry and Service is proud to introduce the first ever trip to Nicaragua, in Central America. Regis has partnered with the Mustard Seed Communities organization which is serving 4 different countries Nicaragua being one of them. Students will be visiting Hogar Belen located in Managua, the country’s capital. Mustard Seed focuses on working with children with mental and physical disabilities most of whom were abandoned. This organization also assists women and families that are living in impoverished areas of Managua. Regis students will be able to interact and live in solidarity and service with the Nicaraguan people and experience their culture and history.
New Orleans Service Trip (Christmas break)
This is a domestic service trip that allows Regis students to travel to New Orleans, Louisiana. The purpose of this trip is to rebuild and rejoice. The idea of rebuilding comes from the horrific effects of Hurricane Katrina in the city of New Orleans back in 2005. Katrina left massive destruction; 80% of New Orleans was under water. This resulted in many people losing their homes, all their belongings, and some even their lives. Eleven years have passed since this disaster and an estimated 6,000 families who were previous home owners before Katrina still do not have the funds or resources to rebuild. On this trip students will join St. Bernard Project on their mission to provide housing for all those whom were affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Los Angeles Immersion Trip (Spring break)
This trip to Los Angeles is designed to show Regis students the reality of poverty and homelessness in the urban inner city part of LA. Students will be taken to the Dolores Mission Parish in the city of Boyle Heights, right outside of Downtown Los Angeles. Regis will be working directly with Homeboy Industries, an organization founded by Fr. Greg Boyle – author of Tattoos on the Heart. Homeboy Industries is a non-profit which gives ex-gang members a chance to become honest active members of society. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the different issues which are present in our country, among them; gang violence, immigration, addiction, homelessness, and income inequality.
To learn more about these service opportunities come to our info-sessions next week:
September 19th: 5:00pm-5:30pm
September 21st: 8:00pm – 8:30pm
September 22nd: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
All are welcome to the info sessions, it is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about where we will be going and when we are planning on doing so. If you are interested in applying, we highly encourage you to attend an info-session or contact us for more information.
We also offer opportunities for local service in our Greater Boston community. If you are interested please call 781-768-7027, visit the Center for Ministry & Service in St. Joseph’s Hall Room 4. We would love to have you join us!
The Center for Ministry & Service
St. Joseph Hall Room 4
We invite you to visit.