The purpose of Canisius College’s Service-Immersion experiences is to increase student awareness of the world. These trips encourage students to grow in solidarity with the people of the world, especially the poor. Students will challenge themselves to live simply, to value relationships that they make, to engage their faith and spirituality and to dig for the truth behind the injustices.
The Office of Campus Ministry organizes annual service trips to New York City, Appalachia, New Orleans and other urban areas, as well as Puerto Rico, Brazil, Jamaica, India, Poland and El Salvador.
Domestic Service-Immersion Experiences:
A service experience over Winter Break, Winter Service Week (WSW) is an opportunity for Canisius students to experience a week of service in the context of community living, reflection, simplicity and social justice. Winter Service Week is based on this gospel notion and enables students to experience the variety of ongoing ministries present in an urban and rural setting.
New York City
Syracuse Northside CYO
Syracuse Cathedral Academy of Pompei
Alternative Spring Break (ASB)
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is one of Canisius' most popular and rewarding experiences. Campus Ministry has offered this unique community service alternative to traditional spring break activities for the past 21 years. In the spring of 2012, 36 Canisius students and staff traveled to sites in rural Appalachia located in Kentucky and West Virginia.
National Parks Service at Harpers Ferry (Knoxville, MD)
Erie Benedictine Community (Erie, PA)
Journey's End/BuffaLOVE site (Buffalo, NY)
Freedom House (Detroit, MI)
Applications are due on Friday, December 7th. You can pick an application up in the office (OM 207). Contact Sarah Signorino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-888-2424 for more information.
Our Alumni Service and Immersion Program to New Orleans is open to Canisius Alumni, Faculty/Staff and friends of the college. This popular program includes direct service to the poor and various cultural immersion experiences. Our group has been a mixed population of recent graduates to graduates from the 1960s.
International Service-Immersion Experiences
Join Campus Ministry for 2-3 week service-immersion experiences to marginalized communities across the world. We work with people who have suffered war, hunger, neglect, discrimination and poverty. Each of our trips incorporates both service—meaning direct, hands-on work with people in need, and immersion –meaning learning opportunities that help us grasp the social, economic, political, religious and cultural contexts in which we work. These are not vacations – they will challenge you to live simply, to ask hard questions about justice, to deepen your faith and to make relationships that will influence you for the rest of your life. But they are also eye-opening, transformative opportunities that students cite as some of the richest experiences of their Canisius career.
A pdf about the program is available here.