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In 2015, thirty members of the Regis community, students, faculty and staff went on Alternative Spring Break Immersion Trips. Some went to Peru, and some to Jonestown, Mississippi. These experiences are amazing and inspiring to everyone who chooses to commit to this type of experience.This would not be possible without the outpouring of support from the Regis community. Our community service activities aim to support community programs that work to alleviate the problems and conditions of poverty, and 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.
This year, we will be traveling to:
New Orleans, Louisiana,
December 12- 20, 2015
New Orleans: Rebuild, Rejoice
Domestic Service Trip
Sponsored by the Center for Ministry and Service
Rebuild: On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area, leaving massive, almost indescribable, destruction in her wake. Eighty percent of New Orleans was under water; nearby St. Bernard Parish was deemed 100% uninhabitable. Ten years later, an estimated 6,000 families who owned homes before Hurricane Katrina still do not have the funds or resources necessary to rebuild.
Regis Students will be given the opportunity to apply for a service trip to New Orleans, LA, sponsored by the Center for Ministry and Service. On this trip students will join St. Bernard Project in their mission to provide housing for all those whom were effected by Hurricane Katrina.St. Bernard Project's mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner.
Rejoice: New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities – it's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Students will celebrate this culture in many ways from the foods they eat to the music they hear and the places they visit. From the swamps to the French Quarter, students will experience all New Orleans has to offer. Time for reflection will prove this trip to be an experience for the mind, body and spirit!
March 5 - 13, 2016
This Solidarity International Service-Learning Trip is to Villa El Salvador, Peru, a coastal village (just over 30 years old) of about 400,000 residents, located 12 miles southwest of Lima. We invite you to become one with the Peruvians as you walk with them through their lives. You will have the opportunity to work alongside people of all ages, from infants at the orphanage to the elderly in a local nursing home. The experience will have a strong focus on working with Peruvian University students. Regis students will interact with these students on their mission to learn the English language. We also work closely with the Villa El Salvador Youth Group. Together, we contribute to their community in many positive ways. Experience Lima, the Capital of Peru, and the many sights and attractions it has to offer. From the beach to the catacombs, Lima has a variety of culture to impress upon our students. Be ready to spend every night reflecting and dancing under the moonlit sky. This is a one credit course, which meets once a week for two hours from the start of the second semester to the beginning of April. Each student is responsible for fundraising half of the Program Fee ($800) on their own. The other half will be raised as a group.
New York City
March 5-13, 2016
The Real Human Experience of New York City: A Concrete Jungle Immersion
New York, New York, The city so nice they named it twice! We would like to invite you to the big apple to be immersed in the hustle and bustle & notice urban poverty. We would like to see the human struggle in the midst of the glamour and skyscrapers in the city that never sleeps! We will visit soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, nursing homes, neighborhood centers, and churches. There will be an experience of the Lower East Side and witnessing the blending of many cultures to make the one-of-a-kind New York City. We will hear stories of what life is really like in the concrete jungle. We will find God in the stories and the adventure. So Start Spreading the news… Regis is going to be a part of it, New York New York!;
May 10-20, 2016
Students will travel to Kingston, Jamaica where they will immerse themselves in the urban reality of Jamaican life. They will serve primarily at several different outreach ministries, including a state-run orphanage, a Sisters of Charity home for the sick and dying, a low-income community vocational center, and a home for children who are severely disabled. Through these ministries participants will have an opportunity to spend direct time with the poor and suffering of Jamaica, learn about the realities of their lives, and bear witness to their struggle.
Participants will also learn about the larger context within which the Jamaican issues are situated. Participants will attend a number of speakers on the social, economic, and spiritual issues currently at play in Jamaica, including the devastating effect of Jamaica's international debt and the world market, and the violence that has resulted from a number of social issues. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to bear witness to the vibrant cultural life of Jamaica, and a number of Jamaican-based community development projects.
Mission of Jamaica Volunteer Foundation (JVF)
The program is also designed to provide support and assistance to the residents and staff of the various placement sites in Kingston, Jamaica. Volunteers will work with the elderly, the young, and others who are disadvantaged.
- Lead a simple lifestyle
- Build an intentional Christian community
- Be in relationship with the Jamaican people and reflect on the face of Christ in their joys and struggles
- Work with the Jamaican people to find long-term solutions to the problems of poverty and together seek opportunities to improve the lives of the people
JVF participants are thus witnesses to the Gospel and a source of hope and light in the community. These experiences inspire life-long commitments to service, social justice, and solidarity with the people of Jamaica and the world.
Upcoming Opportunties for Service
- Applications are found here: http://regiscollege.abroadoffice.net/internal-program-description-New-Orleans-Rebuild-Rejoice-157370-245.html
Due September 24, 2015
- Halloween Party – Thursday, October 29, from 5pm- 7pm.
We invite families from Bethany Hill (in Framingham) and Casserly House (in Roslindale), a pair of community outreach centers operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph to celebrate with the Regis community.
For more information on community service opportunities, please call 781-768-7027, visit the Center for Ministry & Service in College Hall Room 101. In the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph, reaching out to God and neighbor in large and small ways is at the heart of who we are at Regis College. We encourage our students to become involved in service both on and off campus.
The Center for Ministry & Service
St. Joseph’s Hall Room 4
We invite you to visit.