"The mission of the Society of Jesus is the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement, for reconciliation with God demands the reconciliation of people with one another."
-32nd General Congregation of the Society of Jesus
What is poverty? Are people poor because they are lazy? How can I help homeless people? Is there a difference between charity and justice? What are the problems and possibilities of urban life today? How do I respond as a person of faith? These are some of the questions that are explored in B.C.'s Urban Immersion program in which students engage in direct service with impoverished people, study some of the many issues confronting city-dwellers, and form a community of prayer and hope with other Urban Immersion participants.
During both these semester and spring breaks, 25 students (a different group each week) and a B.C. chaplain will live at Arrupe House, a Jesuit residence, in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston.
Each day, we work on a variety of projects which may include service in a foodbank, visitation with guests in one of Boston's shelters, and outreach to local elderly. During evening seminars, we study a variety of urban issues such as racism, homelessness, and theological perspectives on urban life. To ground our community in the love and justice of God, we end each day in a communal multi-faith prayer service.
Selection for the program
is by lottery.
The cost to each participant is $100.
(The group may choose to raise funds to help pay for those who cannot afford the fee.)
WEEK-LONG: BOSTON, MA
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2003 until
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2003
Participation in the week-long Urban Immersions is by lottery. To learn more about the program and to enroll in the lottery, you must attend one of two informational meetings:
OCTOBER 1, 2002
in Devlin 218
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2002
in Gasson 303
You may also get information at the Activities Day, on Friday, September 20, 2002 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the Dust Bowl.
information, please contact:
Fr. Don MacMillan, SJ,
phone: (617) 552-2422