St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged all people of faith to "go forth and set the world on fire" with God's love. Loyola Academy's Summer Service & Immersion program provides students an opportunity to do so, to go out into the world and share their gifts with others.
Serving diverse communities throughout the United States, these five to seven day trips allow students to encounter new perspectives, work for justice and grow in an awareness of what they have to offer others and how to share it generously.
Students participating in these trips will serve in a variety of ways, from home repair and community gardening to visiting the elderly and teaching children. They will build community with their peers throughout the week as they form relationships with those they serve. They will live simply, being present and focusing on people rather than material things. Through all of this, they will reflect through prayer and conversation on the ways the experience intersects with their faith.
W1: 6/4/2023 to 6/10/2023 W2: 6/18/2023 to 6/24/2023
Volunteers will participate in community development projects including helping residents with simple home maintenance and repairs. Students can expect meaningful interactions with the people of West Virginia and nighttime activities that include cultural and educational activities relating to Appalachia.
W1: 6/26/2023 to 6/29/2023 W2: 7/10/2023 to 7/13/2023
Volunteers at Beacon Place will be spending time on site working in a summer tutoring program each morning and summer lunch program in the afternoon. Each summer, children can come to Beacon Place to enjoy a nutritious meal on site, and then stay for an afternoon of traditional ‘day camp’ activities including games, crafts, sports, computers, music and more. Fresh air and outdoor exercise are an important part of a healthy life for kids and Beacon Place provides a safe place to play and just be a kid.
This service trip will be spent outdoors primarily in the community garden working with the Catholic Charities staff and their master gardener. Following gardening students and chaperones will spend time serving in the clothing room and food pantry.
Daystar Community Programs, a partner of Catholic Charities, provides services to those in need in Southern Illinois including light home repair and maintenance. Students will also have the opportunity to assist at the Daystar Center food pantry and thrift store. Cairo offers an opportunity for students to reflect on rural communities and the effects of economic change.
W1: 5/28/2023 to 6/2/2023 W2: 6/4/2023 to 6/10/2023 W3: 6/11/2023 to 6/16/2023
Located among the beautiful bluffs along the Mississippi River, Winona’s Habitat for Humanity offers students a chance to literally build community in a new environment. Habitat provides simple, affordable homes to families in Winona and Fillmore counties. Volunteers will work primarily with the “A Brush With Kindness” program doing painting, landscaping and other simple maintenance improvements. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the local cultural heritage and have fellowship with persons with disabilities and elders.
This trip requires a separate written application and interview. Applications are available here or in the Campus Ministry Office, room 90.
Students will spend the week at the Arizona/Mexico border with the Kino Border Initiative, an organization that offers participants an opportunity to see the reality of migration from multiple perspectives. Trips often include a visit to the women’s shelter, service in the comedor (soup kitchen), Mass and conversation with ranchers in rural Arizona, and a visit to a Tucson immigration court. Students will reflect on the complexity of immigration policy and the essential human dignity of migrants.
Spring Break: 4/12/2023 to 4/15/2023 W1: 5/28/2023 to 6/2/2023 W2: 6/11/2023 to 6/16/2023
L'Arche Communities are places where people with and without developmental disabilities share life together in communities of faith. L'Arche Clinton in Eastern Iowa will welcome students to their community to serve, share, pray and celebrate. Students will have the opportunity to build relationships, engage in community activities with residents, provide home maintenance, and reflect on the joys and importance of an inclusive community.
W1: 5/28/2023 to 6/2/2023 W2: 6/11/2023 to 6/16/2023
Located in the center of multiple diverse communities, Casa Romero’s urban plunge experience gives volunteers the opportunity to work on various community service projects and build relationships with the local community. In particular, this week will focus on immigration issues and provide an opportunity for education, reflection and dialogue.
For this Immersion Trip, Loyola Academy partners with the Jesuit St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation. Participants on this trip will assist in running the “Body, Mind, and Soul” camp, a weeklong religious education summer program for children ages 6-14. This program will include Catholic Vacation Bible School curriculum, Lakota teachings and stories, and Mass. Participants will also have the opportunity to serve in other community resource programs and learn about Lakota culture. This trip requires a written application and interview process.
For this trip, Loyola Academy partners with Franciscans for the Poor in Ohio to provide participants with a broad experience of urban life there. Students will serve at various agencies including soup kitchens and elder programs and provide light home repair. Evening reflections will encourage students to make connections to their own urban experience and expand their perspective on its challenges.
Registration for the 2022 Summer Service program will open on Monday, December 12, and remain open until Friday, January 27, 2023. At the end of the registration period, all students will be considered and placed at once without priority.
Students must bring a $100 deposit check made payable to Loyola Academy to the Campus Ministry office (room 90) by January 27, 2023. Applications are not complete and students will not receive a placement until the deposit has been received.
Selection of students for the Kino trip happens outside of the normal application process and is based on a written application and interview. Applications for these trips are available in Campus Ministry (room 90).
No, students are not guaranteed a spot on a trip. Every effort will be made to place a student on one of their trip preferences. In order to ensure a chance for everyone to participate, students may not receive their first choice.
If a student is not placed, he or she will be put on a waiting list and notified if a spot becomes available.
It depends on the trip! Activities on various trips include serving food to people experiencing homelessness, playing with kids, sharing and preparing meals, and engaging in learning experiences around social justice issues, as well as many other activities. More detailed descriptions of each trip can be found under the trip information.
Our trips are centered around the values of community, simple living, reflection, prayer, and service.
All students who are placed on a trip must come to a mandatory meeting in Campus Ministry (date TBD) to receive important paperwork. In addition, all students and parents must attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at Loyola Academy. Packing lists, departure and arrival information will be shared at this time along with other valuable information about each student's specific trip.