The Urban Plunge consists of two separate trips to Spiritan parishes in inner city areas (East and Midwest, USA).
This SME allows students to engage in the inner city ministries of Spiritans in the United States. By learning and discussing issues such as poverty, homelessness, and food access, students begin to understand another side to Spiritan work and how they can engage in walking with those on the margins here at home.
Eastern USA- Arlington, VA and Baltimore MD: We work with Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish and St. Edwards the Confessor/ St. Gregory the Great
This trip looks at two very different parishes and cultures which are geographically close to one another. First half of the week focuses on learning about the many ways OLQP puts faith into action in their rich commitment to social justice. The second half of the week, students get their hands dirty by assisting the Baltimore based parishes on much needed maintenance and labor intensive projects. Students also learn about the rich history of community-based social change.
Midwest USA- Chicago Il, and Dayton, OH: First traveling to the Hyde Park/Kenwood community of Chicago, students stay at St. Ambrose Parish Here they focus on soup kitchens, and homeless shelters of inner-city Chicago. They also have the opportunity to engage in the vibrant multi-ethic Parish of St. Ambrose. The group moves mid-week to St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Dayton, OH. Students work with the Parish elementary school on mentoring and additional parish maintenance projects.
Time and Date
Travel Dates (February 29, 2020 - March 8, 2020)
Cost $100.00 plus group crowd funding project participation