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SERVICE-IMMERSION and SOLIDARITY

Among the primary goals of all Jesuit institutions is the promotion of a faith that does justice. Campus Ministry’s service-immersion and solidarity programming introduces Boston College students, faculty, and staff to those around the world who are voiceless and marginalized. These programs, which offer intentional experiences of encounter, encourage participants to both think and reflect deeply so that they might better discern ways to actively engage with the world.

4Boston – BC’s largest weekly service program – places students at social service, healthcare, and education agencies across Boston. Volunteers commit to four hours of service each week, plus engaging in one hour of group reflection centered around the program’s pillars of community, social justice, and solidarity.

More at: bc.edu/4boston

Appa is BC’s domestic spring break service-immersion program. It has a long commitment of working with the poor and marginalized across the United States. What started in 1978 with one van to Kentucky is now the University’s largest service-immersion program. Today, more than 500 students travel coast-to-coast each year, encountering community and service in both urban areas (New Orleans, Detroit, etc.) and rural areas (throughout the South and the Appalachian regions).

More at: bc.edu/appa

The Arrupe International Immersion Program – named for the late Pedro Arrupe, S.J. – creates a culture of encounter, introducing its undergraduate participants to the Gospel’s call of living in solidarity with the suffering world. Arrupe trips travel during winter break to countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean, while spending time before and after the trip developing community among fellow participants through shared prayer, reflection, and learning.

More at: bc.edu/arrupe

BC’s campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity supports housing construction and rehabilitation efforts in the Greater Boston area. The group is involved in monthly housing “builds,” as well as advocacy initiatives and other educational projects about housing inequality in America.

More at: bc.edu/habitat

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States. Coordinated by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), the Teach-In brings together Jesuit colleges, high schools, parishes, and others to “learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together.” Boston College has a long history of participating in the Teach-In, which takes place every November. BC is also an active member of the ISN, which advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius and the Jesuits.

More at: bc.edu/iftj

Jamaica Magis provides students the opportunity to live and serve in solidarity with people in Jamaica who have faced social, political, and economic oppression. Equipped with a semester of education about Jamaican culture, history, and current events, Magis students arrive in Kingston with a deeper understanding of the people and the context in which they live. During their time in Jamaica, students gain a deeper understanding of social justice and spirituality by learning to recognize the face of God in all things. Trips occur each winter and summer.

More at: bc.edu/magis