Summer Service Trips
The following Summer Service Trips are being offered for the summer of 2013.
Nazareth Farm, WV (May 26 - June 1)
Nazareth Farm is a religious community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service - retreat experience. The staff and participants are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. The staff and participants serve alongside the neighbors of Nazareth Farm to address substandard housing by providing home repair. The staff and participants celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between volunteers and the local community.
Mayerson Urban Plunge, Cincinnati (June 9 - June 14)
The Mayerson Urban plunge is an outstanding experience for those looking to learn about life in inner-city Cincinnati. During this experience, students operate out of Xavier University and volunteer at non-profit organizations in Over-the-Rhine as well as other areas of Greater Cincinnati. They perform service, live in community, learn about issues that face people in poverty, reflect on their experiences, and celebrate prayer and Mass together.
Lima, Peru (June 16 - June 29)
The trip to Peru is a two part trip which focuses on service and cultural immersion. Moeller students will partner with students from our sister schools in Lima to work at a villiage constructing houses for those in need of housing for the first week of the trip. The second week involves travelling to Cuzco and touring the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.
Bethlehem Farm, WV (June 30 - July 6)
Bethlehem Farm is a Catholic community in Appalachia that transforms lives through service with the local community and the teachings of sustainable practices. The staff invites volunteers to join them in living the Gospel cornerstones of service, prayer, simplicity, and community.
Rooted in the Vine Urban Plunge (July 14 - June 20)
This is a Catholic Social Teaching work camp that is offered by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati each year. The long-standing program involves many students from different schools around the city. During the week-long program students examine the root of poverty and injustice, charity, and solidarity. The program challenges its participants to live simply, break down stereotypes, and become peacemakers. Rooted in the Vine is operated by the staff of St. Vincent DePaul and aims to get students fired up about the Gospel message of peace and justice and gives its participants the skills to make a difference in the world.
Matthew 25: Ministries / Philippi, WV (July 7- July 12)
Matthew 25: Ministries supports the community of Philippi, WV, the poorest county in the state. During each visit, Mt. 25: Ministries volunteers drop off basic necessities and supplies. These items are "sold" to parents of children at Mt. Vernon Elementary, who earn credits by volunteering at their school. Also during each trip, the Mt. 25 Ministries group takes on some sort of construction or other school improvement project. Participants spend time learning about the community, hearing guest speakers, relaxing, and having recreational time at the college where they stayed.
Solsberry Hill, Indiana (July 22 - July 26)
Moeller students pair up with students from Chaminade-Julienne Dayton for this trip. Participants live and work in community by cooking together, working together, and praying together. Projects include working with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, learning about rural poverty at the Bloomington, IN, food bank, as well as other light construction projects. The Solsberry Hill experience is modeled after Nazareth Farm.
Thoreau, New Mexico (July 22 - July 27)
Moeller students will travel to Thoreau, New Mexico to work with the people of the Navajo Reservation on home repair and water delivery among other projects. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to get to know people on the reservation as well as explore some of the oldest archeological sites in the United States.
For more information concerning Pastoral Ministry, send an email to: PastoralMinistry@Moeller.org