Service Immersion Experiences
Christine Donohue ‘20
Week-long service immersion experiences, both domestic and international, are offered over fall break, spring break and during the summer. Applications are available at the start of the fall semester and are due in October. Each trip includes a formation experience beginning in November and continuing up until the date of the trip. Throughout the formation experience, group members will meet with their travel group for cultural education, reflection, team building and fundraising. Cost varies per trip, and should be paid for by individual, small group and large group fundraising.
FALL BREAK TRIP
Habitat for Humanity - York, Pennsylvania
October 6 - October 10, 2017
(For Assisi Living Community Members Only)To conclude Franciscan Mission Week, select members of the Assisi Living Community will travel to York, PA to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s fall break Collegiate Challenge program - building or refurbishing a home alongside the family who will eventually reside in it.
SPRING BREAK TRIPS
Habitat for Humanity - Locations To Be Determined
February 24 - March 3, 2018
Over spring break, there will be two Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge Trips. Both groups will head south to work on home construction and refurbishment.
Cardinal Kelvin Felix Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre - Gros Islet, St. Lucia
May 16 - May 23, 2018
Just after the end of the semester, a group will travel to the Caribbean to work at Gros Islet’s Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, working alongside its Lucian staff and Sr. Frances Nosbisch, OSF. At the Pastoral Centre, participants will work on various projects that the staff finds most pressing at the time - this may be anything from painting and varnishing, to cleaning, yard work, and paperwork. There will also be the opportunity experience the community in St. Lucia, visiting various Archdiocesan ministries including a nursing home, and an after-school program for students.
Habitat for Humanity - Location To Be Determined
At the end of the semester, another group will have the opportunity to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, building or refurbishing a home alongside the family who will eventually reside in it.
Valley of Angels - San Jose El Manzano, Guatemala
June 9 - June 17, 2018
Partnering with the Franciscan Mission Service (FMS), a group will head just outside Guatemala City to serve at the Valley of Angels orphanage and boarding school. Founded and maintained by the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception Province, Valley of Angels provides housing, meals, clothing and schooling to children in poverty. Participants of this trip will work with the FMS long-term volunteers to provide tutoring, after school activities and assistance with various other timely needs.
Wind River Indian Reservation - Wind River Region, Wyoming
June 20 - June 27, 2018
Continuing Neumann’s longest standing service immersion trip, a group will head to the Wind River Indian Reservation of the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes where they will work with Sr. Teresa Frawley, OSF at 3 different parishes in the Wind River region. At the three parishes, they will help Sister with various upkeep projects including yard work, painting, cleaning and organization. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience cultural practices of the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes.
*All spring and summer trip applications are due October 13.
Assisi PilgrimageDecember, 2018
Just after Christmas, Neumann students will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long pilgrimage of Assisi, Rome and various sacred places associated with St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. Participants from Neumann will join participants from other Franciscan universities across the country for this unique Italian tour and spiritual experience. Like the service immersion trips, there will be a formation and fundraising period beginning after the application and selection process and leading up to the time of the trip. Most of the formation for the pilgrimage will take place in the Fall 2018.
*Application due November 13.