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A Jesuit College Preparatory Experience

Summer Service & Immersion

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  • Summer Service & Immersion

    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.

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Information and Dates

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  • Q. Who is eligible?

    All trips—with the exception of the spring break trip—are open to students between their junior and senior years only.

    The spring break trip is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    In addition, all students must be cleared and in good standing with the Principal's Office, Dean's Office, Business Office and Counseling Department.
  • Q. When and how do I apply?

    Registration for the 2019 Summer Service program will open on Thursday, November 15, 2018, and remain open until Wednesday, January 30, 2019. 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 30, 2019. Applications are not complete and students will not receive a placement until the deposit has been received.

    Selection of students for the St. Francis Mission and Kino trips happen outside of the normal admissions process and is based on a written application and interview. Applications for these trips are available in Campus Ministry (Room 90) and are due on November 28, 2018.
  • Q. Am I guaranteed a spot?

    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, however, students may not receive their first choice. Needs, availability, interests and experience may factor into placements.

    If a student is not placed, he or she will be put on a waiting list and notified if a spot becomes available.
  • Q. How much does it cost?

    Costs range from $200 – $2,400, but most domestic trips average $800. Students can apply for financial assistance as needed—we don’t want cost to be the reason a student chooses not to go on a trip. 
  • Q. What can I expect to do?

    It depends on the trip!  Activities on various trips include serving food to people experiencing homelessness, completing light home repair projects, playing with kids, sharing and preparing meals and engaging in learning experiences around social justice issues, as well as many other activities. A more detailed description of each trip can be found elsewhere on this page.

    All trips embody our pillars of Community, Reflection, Service and Simplicity!
  • Q. What else do I need to know?

    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 Wednesday, April 30, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Loyola Academy. Packing lists and departure and arrival information will be shared at this time.

2019 Service Trips

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  • Appalachian Folklife

    6/9/2019 to 6/15/2019

    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.

    For more information, please visit Trip Cost: $800
  • Appalachian Institute

    6/9/2019 to 6/15/2019
    6/16/2019 to 6/22/2019

    The Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University focuses on building relationships with Appalachian communities. These immersive trips reveal the beauty and challenges of the region through reflection in the Ignatian tradition with a focus on responsive action. Students will engage with the community through service at social service agencies, including soup kitchens, child and elder programs, and community revitalization.

    For additional information, please visit

    Trip Cost: $800

    Location: Wheeling, WV
  • Cairo Day Star

    6/16/2019 to 6/21/2019

    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. For additional information, please visit

    Trip Cost: $800
  • Casa Romero Urban Plunge

    6/9/2018 to 6/14/2019

    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 opportunity for education, reflection and dialogue.

    For additional information, please visit

    Trip Cost: $800

    Location: Milwaukee, WI
  • Habitat for Humanity

    6/9/2019 to 6/14/2019
    7/28/2019 to 8/2/2019

    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.

    For additional information, please visit

    Trip Cost: $800

    Location: Winona, MN
  • Jerusalem Farm

    7/28/2019 to 8/2/2019

    Founded on the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer and service, Jerusalem Farm provides volunteers with a week- long service retreat experience in Kansas City, MO. Days are spent doing home repair in the local community with a focus on building relationships, prayer and living simply. Reflection, programming and meals are provided and this trip will be in partnership with a group from Saint Ignatius in Chicago.

    For additional information, please visit

    Trip Cost: $800

    Location: Kansas City, MO
  • Kino Border Initiative

    7/13/2019 to 7/19/2019

    This trip requires a separate written application and interview. Applications are available in the Campus Ministry Office, room 90. Applications are due Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

    Students will spend the week at the Arizona/Mexico border with the Kino Border Initiative, an organization that offers participants an opportunity 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.

    For additional information, please visit

    Trip Cost: $1500-$2000

    Location: Nogales, AZ
  • L'Arche Clinton

    6/9/2019 - 6/14/2019

    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 relationship, engage in community activities with residents, provide home maintenance, and reflect on the joys and importance of inclusive community.

    Trip Cost: $800

    Location: Clinton, IA

    For more information, please visit:
  • Marillac House

    6/10/2019 to 6/14/2019

    Students will be working at Marillac House, a mission organization of the Daughters of Charity, and will work primarily in the daycare facility and food pantry, while also assisting as needed with other programs. This trip is not overnight: the group will meet each morning at Loyola Academy, travel to Marillac House together, and return to Loyola in the afternoon.

    For additional information, please visit

    Trip Cost: $200

    Location: 212 S. Francisco Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • St. Francis Mission (Body & Soul Camp)

    6/16/2019 to 6/22/2019

    This trip requires a separate written application and interview. Applications are available in the Campus Ministry Office, room 90. Applications are due Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

    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.

    Trip Cost: $1000

    For additional information, please visit:
  • St. Procopius Kermes Festival

    8/5/2019 to 8/12/2019

    The Saint Procopius trip is an immersion experience in the predominantly Spanish-speaking Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Volunteers will assist at food and clothing pantries at the beginning of the week, before helping the parish prepare for and run its annual Kermes festival in honor of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos. Students and chaperones help staff booths, prepare food and set up for the big festival weekend. Spanish speakers are highly encouraged to apply, but Spanish is not necessary! This trip will be in partnership with a group from Saint Ignatius in Chicago.

    Trip Cost: $600

    Location: 1641 S. Allport Street, Chicago, IL
  • Tau House

    6/9/2018 to 6/14/2019

    For this trip, Loyola Academy partners with Franciscans for the Poor in Cincinnati 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.

    For more information, please visit

    Trip Cost: $800

    Location: Cincinnati, OH
  • Twin Cities Urban Plunge

    6/9/2019 to 6/14/2019

    In the Twin Cities, students will encounter the diverse humanity of those marginalized in an urban population. Collaborating with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, students will serve refugee and homeless populations, as well as families with persons with developmental disabilities. Students will reflect on the challenges of urban poverty including education, hunger, housing, and inclusion.

    Trip Cost: $800

    Location: St. Paul, MN and Minneapolis, MN
  • White Rose Catholic Worker

    6/9/2019 - 6/14/2019

    Catholic Worker communities aim to “live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ” through active love and the Works of Mercy. At White Rose, a functioning farm, students will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable farming and the way it can serve communities. They will also serve in diverse local agencies while living a life of community, hospitality, and intentional simplicity at White Rose.

    Please note: accommodations at White Rose are especially simple and rustic.

    Trip Cost: $800

    Location: La Plata, MO
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Our Mission

To form women and men for meaningful lives of leadership and service in imitation of Jesus Christ through a college preparatory education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Loyola Academy admits students of any race, color and national origin or ethnic origin.