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Mission & Ministry

"[T]he measure of Jesuit universities is not what our students do but who they become and the adult Christian responsibility they will exercise in the future.  For now, the activities they engage in, even with much good effect, are for their formation."

-Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.,
29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Community Outreach Office
The Community Outreach Office is committed to advancing the Jesuit tradition of forming men and women for others. The program enables the students to express their faith in reflective service while responding to local and national needs. To find out more, click here.
International Service Programs
Our International Service trips provide opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff to be immersed in cultures and experiences in developing countries of our world. The program revolves around simple living, community, generosity, and faith-based reflection. To Donate to the International Service Program please click here.
Countries we Visit
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Quito, Ecuador
The Working Boys' Center serves over 400 families of working children. Volunteers engage in school and community projects focused on the program's commitment to formation and social assistance. Groups also participate in a "minga" - a community work gang construction project.
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San Salvador, El Salvador
Students who participate in this service experience are hosted by the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Project Fiat International. Service includes a building project, care for malnourished children in a community center, and involvement with neighborhood schools.

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Georgetown, Guyana
In this English-speaking South American country, students work to assist the Guyanese people by helping in the various ministries offered by the Sisters of Mercy. Volunteers serve in hospitals, orphanages, and/or hospices.
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Les Cayes, Haiti
Hosted by Hope for Haiti, students who participate in this trip are engaged in various types of service. Volunteer opportunities stem from the organization's core programs: education, nutrition and healthcare. Groups work with numerous Hope for Haiti program partners, serving children and the elderly.

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Kingston, Jamaica
Through this experience, students provide services to the homeless in a soup kitchen and shelter, visit the elderly in a home sponsored by the Missionaries of Charity, and minister to children in a local hospital. This program, The Jamaica Volunteers, is administered by the Jamaica Volunteer Foundation.
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Mexico City, Mexico
In Mexico City, the oldest of the ISP trips, students live with the girls of the Yolia Project. A group of female students serve at a home for girls, assisting in their day-to-day activities such as chores, homework, play and prayer. The group also spends time working at a day center for impoverished children.

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San Juan, Dominican Republic
Students chosen for this trip participate in a week-long construction project. Through the organization, Cambiando Vidas (Changing Lives), groups engage in a cultural and communal experience of building a house for a family. Volunteers see the project to completion - from the foundation to welcoming the family into their home.
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San Lucas, Guatemala
Students chosen for this service trip work with the San Lucas Mission and Parish. Projects include participation in construction, coffee picking and processing, reforestation, and various community tasks. Groups receive a cross-cultural experience combining hands on service with opportunities for learning and community building.

Long-Term/Post-Graduate Service
Students interested in devoting a year or more of their life to service after graduation are encouraged to speak with a University Minister. Each fall, a long-term volunteer fair is held on campus for interested students.  For more information please contact Cathy Seymour,

University Mission and Ministry, DeNaples Center 200

Phone: 570-941-7419 / Fax: 570-941-4837

Office Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.