Social Justice & Immersion Programs
Students on the Ven a Ver trip spend their last day working alongside the field workers harvesting spinach, cauliflower or lettuce in Castroville.
Many opportunities to create a more just community and world are available to students. The church's tradition of Catholic Social Ethics, a consistent ethic of life, and the CSJ charism provide the framework for the opportunities and emphases of our Social Justice program.
Any student interested in an immersion program for the 2016-2017 school year, must submit an application by Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Urban Plunge is a one day immersion for juniors to St. Anthony’s Foundation in the tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Urban Plunge aims to give students a personal encounter with those who are poor and homeless in order to foster solidarity and respect for the human dignity of all people. Juniors participate in Urban Plunge in the spring with their religion class.
Feb. 9 - Mrs. Reinwald period 1
Feb. 13 - Mrs. Reinwald period 3
Feb. 27 - Sr. Mary period 4
Feb. 28 - Sr. Mary period 2
Mar. 14 - Mr. McDonough period 2, Mr. Hassett period 5 (girls only)
Mar. 28 - Mrs. MacDonald period 1, Mr. Berkes period 5, Mr. Hassett period 6 (girls only)
Mar. 29 - Mr. Mammola period 6
Apr. 3 - Mr. Mammola period 5
Apr. 5 - Mr. Mammola period 1
Ven a Ver - Washington D.C. is an immersion into the reality of social injustice and political advocacy. Students will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice with other high school and college students from across the country. Students will hear from experts and theologians about our responsibility to respond to the needs of our time. Students will have the opportunity to advocate for justice by going to the capitol and talking with elected congresspersons. The goal is for students to understand that faith and justice are intricately linked and to experience a personal conversion toward living a life of advocacy for and solidarity with the poor and marginalized in our world.
Dates: Nov. 11-14, 2016
Open to all grades
Ven a Ver - San Diego is an immersion into the reality of the US/ Mexico border and immigration. The trip departs Monday at 7:00 a.m. and returns Saturday around 3:00 p.m. The goal of this immersion is for students to have a personal encounter with the border in order to have an informed opinion about immigration.
Dates: March 13-17, 2016
Open to juniors and seniors
Ven a Ver - Salinas is an immersion into the reality of homelessness and the migrant farm worker community in Salinas, CA. The trip departs Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and returns Saturday around 6 p.m. Our days are spent cooking and serving food for the homeless, tutoring children, harvesting vegetables with migrant farm workers, and in prayer and reflection, among other things.
Dates: April 5-8, 2017
Open to juniors & seniors
To apply or find out more about our immersion programs, contact Mrs. Lacy Matthews or Ms. Edie Payne in Campus Ministry.