Social Justice & Immersion Programs

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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 Teaching, a consistent ethic of life, and the CSJ charism provide the framework for the opportunities and emphases of our Social Justice program.

Immersion Experiences

Applications for Ven A Ver - D.C. are available HERE

Applications for Salinas and San Diego will be available in December 2019.

Ven a Ver - D.C.

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: November 15-18, 2019
Cost: $800
Juniors and Seniors may apply.

Apply here through Tuesday, September 10th.

Ven a Ver - Salinas

Ven a Ver Salinas, CA is an immersion into the reality of homelessness and the migrant farm worker community. Students will travel to Salinas, CA to get a glimpse of the lives of those on the margins of our society. 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. The goal of this trip is for students to have a personal encounter with the migrant farm worker community and those who are homeless. We hope this encounter will enhance understanding of the Catholic concepts of Human Dignity and Solidarity.

Dates: Feb. 26-28, 2020
Cost: TBD
Freshmen and sophomores may apply.

Applications will be available in December 2019.

Ven a Ver - San Diego

Ven a Ver San Diego, CA is an immersion into the reality of the US/Mexico border and immigration. Students will travel to San Diego, CA to experience the border first hand. They will meet with humanitarian aid workers, migrant day laborers, border patrol agents, and Catholic Charities social workers to more fully understand the experience of immigrants. Through prayer and sharing, students will reflect on these experiences. The goal of this immersion is for students to have a personal encounter with the border, while looking through the lens of faith, in order to have an informed opinion about immigration.

Dates: March 9-13, 2020
Cost: TBD
Juniors and seniors may apply.

Applications will be available in December 2019.



Urban Plunge

Each year all junior students participate in an Urban Plunge experience with St. Anthony's Foundation in the Tenderloin, an organization that seeks to feed, heal, shelter, clothe and lift the spirits of those in need. This experience, organized jointly by the Campus Ministry & Religious Studies Departments, is a part of our ethics and Catholic Social Teaching curriculum and is a time when students learn about poverty and homelessness by getting to know and serve people in the Tenderloin.

Students will go on Urban Plunge through their Symbols and Ethics classes between February 20th - April 9th and will be absent from regular classes for the day of their trip.

Full information for parents available here.

2019-20 Dates:
To be announced

To apply or find out more about our immersion programs, contact Ms. Natalie Terry in Campus Ministry.