A SERVICE IMMERSION TRIP TO JAMAICA
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The Jamaica Magis Service Trip aims to provide Boston College students who come from all different backgrounds the opportunity to live and serve in solidarity with people in Jamaica who have faced social, political, and economic oppression. Equipped with a semester of education about Jamaican culture, history, and current events, Jamaica Magis students arrive in Kingston with a deeper understanding of the people and the context in which they live. During their time in Jamaica, students will gain a deeper understanding of social justice and spirituality by learning to recognize the face of God in all things: in the hug of a child they serve at an impoverished primary school, in the smile of an elderly woman whose memory is failing, in the strength of the community, and in themselves. Jamaica Magis strives to build a community of students who truly embody Boston College’s call to become men and women for others. Students who participate on the Jamaica Magis Service Trip serve the Kingston communities primarily as teaching aides at Holy Family Primary School and Holy Trinity High School. In addition to teaching, students serve as aides alongside the Missionaries of the Poor and within several Mustard Seed communities. With spirits dedicated to living in solidarity and excited to embrace the Jamaican culture, the Boston College students who participate are introduced to several sides of Jamaican society to visualize the diversity the nation offers. Founded in 2012, Jamaica Magis Service & Immersion Trip has now been successfully running for 6 years, sending 9 trips to Jamaica and two on its way.
Since it is #GivingTuesday, please give to Jamaica Magis and help assist in sending our BC students down to Jamaica as well as the costs for all supplies and donations we provide to the children and people of Kingston, Jamaica.
One Love! Father Michael Davidson, S.J.
If you would like to support our program, please click on the image above. In the section that says, "I wish to make my gift to" select Jamaica Magis from the list.
What does Magis mean? St. Ignatius coined the term when he started "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" or "for the Glory of God." Magis in the vision of St. Ignatius was meant to mean the "more." It is meant to make us question where do we find more in our lives? Is there Magis in our relationships? Our faith and spiritual life? Is there Magis in our love and affection? We named our trip Magis because through the good works of service we remember to fuel our more.
The goals of the trip are to support participants as they deepen their relationship with God by:
- Engaging in service
- Being reflective on issues of faith and social justice and finding God with others
- Being loving
- Being attentive
- Building community: We aim to find find God in all things and each other. We're always aiming for the more by building a diverse community rooted in love-- One Love!
- Learn about the life of and be in solidarity with people who have been socially, politically, and economically marginalized
- Learn aspects of of Jamaican culture through a series of readings, discussions, speakers, and community projects
- Share individual skills, resources, and gifts for the purpose of creating a more just society and world
- Nurture and challenge faith lives through worship and daily encounters with Jamaicans in an ecumenical setting
The application process for the Summer 2018 trip to Jamaica is now open; apply for Jamaica Magis here.
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