Alumni Service-Immersion to NYC

Alumni Service-Immersion to NYC

Alumni Service and Immersion Program to New York City

Wednesday, May 20-Sunday May 24, 2015. The schedule is very flexible!

For several years Canisius Alumni served in New Orleans with Campus Ministry’s Alumni Service and Immersion Program. This year we moved the program to New York City in an effort to draw and attract new and different alumni.  The program is open to Alumni their family and friends.

Our community service work will be with Covenant House near Times Square.  Covenant House shelters over 60,000 homeless and trafficked youth each year.  They have 21 shelters in 6 countries.  The site in New York City shelters over 370 youth every night.  In November 2014, Kevin Ryan President and CEO of Covenant House spoke to 300 Canisius students in Christ the King Chapel.   Covenant House serves in the spirit of Gospel of serving the most abandoned and most needy of God’s children.   It mirrors the same spirit of the Jesuits to serve those most in need.

Our service will be hands-on work.  Canisius alumni will be serving on a career development panel by mentoring them in conversations and serving meals in their dining room as well needs.  This program will allow time to slow down from the regular pace in life and live out the Gospel values of serving those most in need. 

Our schedule is flexible and there are several options on how you may participate in the program.

Option 1: Participants will be living in community in Queens, NY and commuting to Covenant House in Manhattan on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22.  The formal part of the program begins with dinner on Wednesday, May 20.  Participants may opt to come in early Thursday morning and meet in Queens or right at Covenant House.  Saturday provides opportunity for a free day in Manhattan.  Saturday afternoon we will attend 5pm Mass at St. Francis Xavier Parish 15th St. followed by dinner in lower Manhattan. (There will be opportunity to go into the Manhattan in the evenings)  Cost: $250, participants are responsible for transportation to NYC, ground transportation in NYC and your lunch on Saturday afternoon. All other meals are provided.

There will be time for personal discernment, to connect with God as well as take in the sights and culture of New York City.  There will be a balance of service, immersion, community, prayer and reflection.

Option 2:   Participants living in New York Cityarea may wish to participate by commuting from home.  You may meet us right at Covenant House (Times Square section) and serve with our group living in community in Queens. You may attend the full program at Covenant House on Thursday and Friday or sub-set as your schedule permits.  We do ask you to attend the 5pm Mass at St. Francis Xavier Parish 15th St. followed by dinner in lower Manhattan.  The cost for this option is nominal.

For more information on this Alumni Service and Immersion Program, contact Joe Van Volkenburg in Campus Ministry at 716-888-2875 or vanvolkj@canisius.edu. Deadline May 1, 2015.  Application is below

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