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Service & Immersion
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. Here are our upcoming service trips:
Statement on Villa El Salvador, Peru
Dear Regis Community,
For over 14 years, the Center for Ministry and Service has worked organizing an annual service immersion experience with the people of Villa El Salvador, Peru. Throughout the past years, Regis has built profound and meaningful relationships with the parishioners of Nuestra Señora de La Paz Parish and students at UNTELS University. It has been mutually enriching for both communities to have an experience of cultural exchange and solidarity. However, for some time now the Center for Ministry & Service staff has been discerning Regis’ involvement with the community in Villa El Salvador. Every year that Regis visits, students and staff are happy to find a rapidly evolving community and an even stronger presence of community leaders. It is a joy to see the ways in which Villa El Salvador has evolved socially, politically, economically, and spiritually. This reality has propelled us to think of our involvement with the community of Villa El Salvador and has pushed us to consider new communities with which we can build relationships and be a presence to.
In the face of all this, we believe this might be our time to say farewell to Villa El Salvador, Peru. It has been such an amazing 14 years of friendship, solidarity, service, and mutual understanding. I think our students, and our institution has truly been enriched by the ways in which we have built bridges and bonds with our Dear Neighbors in Villa El Salvador. And we would like to take this opportunity to express their deepest gratitude to every member of the Regis community that has supported this endeavor – whether by their participating in the trip or by supporting us through fundraisers, Regalos, and simply hearing the experiences of our students. In conversations with Sister Clare Dawson – our community partner from Peru – she expressed that “I'm glad that you at Regis have made that decision yourselves. For everything there is a Time. They were great visits and our young folk have grown in self-confidence and in so many other ways .They are comfortable with ‘gringos’ and have come to appreciate their own culture more deeply. Many have continued the friendships that began during those visits. Regis week was the highlight of the summer for so many over the years.”
With this new ending, we have been asked by the university's administration to turn our gaze toward new opportunities and new horizons. Our staff has been working diligently on forming relationships with new communities – particularly in Haiti and Puerto Rico – and we believe that just as we formed friendship with our Dear Neighbors in Peru we will form equally meaningful bonds with our Dear Neighbors in Haiti and Puerto Rico. Once again, thank you for your unconditional support and for being an indispensable part of our success!
For faculty & staff who are interested in learning more about our trips we ask that you join us next Wednesday June 20th at 11:00am in CH 202 to learn more about our new opportunities.
The Center for Ministry & Service
St. Joseph Hall Room 4
We invite you to visit. All are welcome.
The Center for Ministry & Service is committed to fostering your spiritual needs and encouraging you "to act justly, love tenderly, serve one another and walk humbly with God." Micah 6:8