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STM delegation with El Salvador locals

An immersion trip is offered each spring break to a group of students led by student leaders, faculty, and/or staff. These educational immersion trips visit major sites in a country where they meet with politicians, non-profit organizers, and pastoral leaders. The intent of these visits is to enter into solidarity with the poor, and to understand the socioeconomic and ecclesial experience of Christians in a particular locale so as to be better prepared to serve culturally diverse communities here in the United States.

It is an experience that serves to deepen our commitment to a faith that does justice by learning from people committed to working for a better society and a better Church, especially among the poor.

Most often, groups have traveled to El Salvador under the guidance of CRISPAZ, a faith-based organization dedicated to mutual accompaniment with the Church of the poor and marginalized. The legacy of Blessed Oscar Romero holds a prominent place in the trip as his spirit continues to shape the Church of El Salvador. The locale for this trip is determined by available programs that correspond to the spirit of the trip and other practical considerations such as safety and cost.

As an STM student, you have the opportunity to apply to be a part of these immersion trips. Information and registration will be offered in September. For more information, please contact Barbara Quinn, RSCJ at

In addition to STM immersion trips, the Office of Campus Ministry on BC's main campus invites graduate students to lead undergraduate students on immersion trips through their Arrupe International Program. For more information about this program, please visit /offices/ministry/socialjustice/arrupe.html.