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

Domestic Service-Immersion Experiences:

Winter Service Week (WSW)

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.

2015 WSW Sites:

  • New York City: St. Bernard's Project--Hurricane Sandy
  • Borderlands of Food Justice: A Meeting between Canisius and Upstate Farmworkers (Lyons, NY)
  • Syracuse Northside CYO
  • Erie Benedictines
  • Ndakinna Education Center

2015-2016 domestic applications (.pdf) can be downloaded here.
2015-2016 domestic info sheets (.pdf) can be downloaded here.

Contact Sarah Signorino at or 716-888-2424 for more information about our domestic service-immersion experiences.

Alumni Service and Immersion Program

Our Alumni Service and Immersion Program 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. We have had a diverse group from recent graduates to alumni from the 1960s.

Click here to learn more about this program.

Contact Joe Van Volkenburg at or 716-888-2875 for more information about our alumni service-immersion experience.

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.

ADOPT A STUDENT! Click here to meet this year’s team and make a donation!

The 2015-2016 powerpoint about the program is available here.

2015-2016 international applications can be downloaded here (.pdf).

Contact Lu Firestone at or 716-888-2422 for more information about our international service-immersion experiences.