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Finding joy in a garbage dump

Finding joy in a garbage dump

October 4, 2018

Upon entering Guatemala City, our immersion team knew we were going to see a whole new level of poverty. We went in thinking our goal was just to help the poor, but none of us knew how much the service would teach us about ourselves and how we would gain...

Lessons on simple living

Lessons on simple living

October 4, 2018

In Kansas City, Mo., a small group of Jesuit High School students and faculty worked with Jerusalem Farm, an organization that practices simple, sustainable living with a focus on human relationships and the seven points of Catholic social teaching. ...

Complexity at the southern border

Complexity at the southern border

October 4, 2018

A massive rusted steel fence, anywhere from 18 to 30 feet high, undulates in the hills of the Patagonia Mountain range, dividing in two what was once the united city of Ambos Nogales, Arizona and Sonora. Though the gates in the wall are opened to t...

Epiphany in the city of angels

Epiphany in the city of angels

October 4, 2018

I’ll be the first to admit that I was hesitant to go on a Jesuit High School immersion to Skid Row in Los Angeles. Though I knew I would be going through the experience with close friends, I didn’t know what to expect. The night before my group was scheduled to d...

Recognizing dignity

Recognizing dignity

October 4, 2018

Michael is a homeless man, struggling to stay afloat in downtown Portland, Ore., but when we met him at St. Andre Bessette Parish, he was more than happy to chat with anyone and everyone who came his way. Adam is a remarkably skilled basketball play...

Remembering the forgotten

Remembering the forgotten

October 4, 2018

I didn’t know what to expect serving at Dorothy’s Place in Salinas, Calif. When I began the immersion application process, I’d heard so much about the different immersions. Friends and teachers told me of bonfire songs at Camp Recreation, comm...

Magic of Camp PALS

Magic of Camp PALS

October 4, 2018

The magic I experienced working at Camp PALS is difficult to articulate. This wonderful place allows everyone, campers and counselors alike, to be themselves for a week. During the summers of 2017 and 2018, I was a counselor at three different Cam...