Immersion Program Descriptions
Campus Ministry offers several immersion opportunities available to Saint Francis High School students who are current Juniors and Seniors. These trips are for the student who wants more out of their service opportunities. In most cases they will have an opportunity to live in or near the community they serve. They will do everything together in community. Each trip will have time set aside for prayer. Each day the group will have time for the participants to process the events experienced and information acquired. One or more Saint Francis High School faculty or staff persons will accompany each group.
The descriptions below are meant to help the students and their parents discern which immersion experience will best fit the needs of the student.
Click here to access the slides from the 2017-18 Immersion Information Night.
2017 - 2018 Trip Descriptions (some details pending):
Los Angeles Plunge (February 15 - 18, 2018) Students travel to East Los Angeles, California to be immersed in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Students learn about Homeboy Industries, the nation’s largest gang intervention, re-habilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Students will work with the Guadalupe Housing Project preparing and serving meals to shelter residents, Homeboy Silk Screening and work with the children of the parish school through their after school program.
New Orleans Immersion (April 2-6, 2018) During this Easter break trip, students will help with the clean up and restoration of Hurricane Katrina damaged homes, working with local agencies dedicated to the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans. The immersion will also investigate the social justice issues Hurricane Katrina unmasked in the New Orleans area.
New Jersey Immersion (April 2-7, 2018) During this Easter break trip, students will help with the clean up and restoration of Hurricane Sandy damaged homes, working with local agencies dedicated to the rebuilding of the city of New Jersey. The immersion will also incorporate conversations with the victims and their families to listen to their stories.
Pine Ridge Immersion (April 2 - 7, 2018) During this Easter break trip, students will be working with the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation, which is the site of the historical Wounded Knee Massacre. They will learn about the culture and struggles of the Lakota, experience traditional customs and food, and be immersed in nature. Since Mount Rushmore is close, that is a site of interest that the group has the option to visit.
Bay Area Poverty Plunge (April 13-15, 2018) Partnering with various groups, including Catholic Charities, Catholic Day Worker and Sacred Heart Community Services, students will volunteer throughout the Peninsula. Students will be exposed to the homeless crisis here in the Bay Area. Students will interact and work with the adult and youth homeless population. Students hear stories firsthand from men and women who have lived on the streets across the Bay Area.
Chile (May 28 - June 5, 2018) Students will work to support the Holy Cross Fathers in their work with children in El Quisco and Santiago at Parroquia San Roque and Foundation Moreau (FundaMor): Homes for Children. There will also be an opportunity for students to visit culturally significant locations in the Santiago area, including two Holy Cross schools.
Peru (May 31 - June 9, 2018) Students will work to support the Holy Cross Fathers in their work at the Peyton Center, just outside of Lima, in San Juan de Lurigancho, Peru. There will also be an opportunity for students to visit culturally significant locations in the local area and will connect with Holy Cross priests and brothers. Spanish proficiency will be very helpful on this immersion.
Appalachia (June 2 - 9, 2018) Students will be working with the Binns County Community Center focusing on community outreach in McClure County, near Clintwood, VA. The people living in the community have been greatly impacted by the coal, gas and timber industries. There is extreme poverty and land and water devastation in the area. This program has been providing housing repair for the local community for more the 20 years and continues to provide community members with much needed support and assistance in home repair. Students will also participate in local community events in the evening.
Houston (June 3 - 9, 2018) Students will be working in Houston Texas with Faith United Methodist Church to assist in relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Specific details of this trip are pending.
Uganda (June 4-14, 2018) Students will work to support the Holy Cross Fathers in their work in Kyenjojo in Western Uganda. They will spend some time working with children at Moreau Nursery and Primary School and will also be serving in the community in whatever capacity (possible manual labor) that is needed at the time. The group will tour local market sites, visit homes, celebrate Mass in a local community and experience daily life in the community.
Brazil (June 10-19, 2018) Students will work to support the Holy Cross Brothers in their work located in Campinas, Brazil (affiliated with Parõquia São José de Jaguaré and Colégio Notre Dame de Campinas). Students will work with a variety of organizations, including working at the two CECOIA community centers run by the Brothers of Holy Cross. Students will have the opportunity to connect with other Holy Cross students from the Colégio de Notre Dame as well as learn about the cultural, political, and economic realities that face Brazil.
Holy Cross (June 11 - 15, 2018) Five students from each of the five other Holy Cross School in the former Southwest Province will travel to the hosting school for this immersion. This will be an experience of service work and living in Christian community with students from four other Holy Cross High School. This is an opportunity that includes learning about the common values experienced by students in Holy Cross High Schools, combined with service to the local area where we are staying. This year’s trip is hosted by Notre Dame Sherman Oaks High School in Southern California. This is a great opportunity to share in the community of our larger Holy Cross family.