Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry

Service-Immersion Experiences

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 places like New York City, Appalachia, Erie, Syracuse and other urban areas, as well as Jamaica, India, Poland and El Salvador.

Download an informational sheet for details about where we go on all of our service-immersion experiences.

View an informational PowerPoint about our 2016-2017 service-immersion experience.

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 solidarity, spirituality, 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.

2016-2017 WSW Sites:

  • Rural & Migrant Ministries (Lyons, NY)
  • Northside CYO (Syracse, NY)
  • Erie Benedictines (Erie, PA)
  • Ndakinna Education Center (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • Animal Farm Sanctuary (Watkins Glen, NY)

IGSOR partnership: May 22-June 2, 2017

  • East-side Immersion Seminar

Applications for domestic service-immersion experiences can be downloaded here.
They are due by 5pm October 12, 2016.

Contact Alice Zicari at or 716-888-2488 for more information about our domestic service-immersion experiences.

International Service-Immersion Experiences

Join Campus Ministry for 1-3 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.

Applications for international service-immersion experiences can be downloaded here.
They are due by 5pm on October 12, 2016.

Applications for international spiritual-immersion experience can be downloaded here.
They are due by 5pm on October 12, 2016

Contact Alice Zicari at or 716-888-2488 for more information about our international service-immersion experiences.