Author Archives: Patrick








East St. Louis Fall 2012

Check out the pictures from the trip to East St. Louis. Hubbard House’s mission is to “serve those who serve” by providing housing and meals as needed for area volunteers. They advocate on behalf and with those whom they serve. They provide a forum for discussing why there is poverty, why people continue to be [...]


Chicago Su Casa Fall 2012

Check out the pictures from the trip to Su Casa Catholic Worker house in Chicago, IL The Su Casa Catholic Worker is located on the South Side of Chicago. It has a mission of hospitality, community, and service. Su Casa works mostly with Spanish-speaking families that are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers help around the house, tutor [...]



Milwaukee, WI Fall 2012

Check out the pictures from the trip to Milwaukee, WI. Trying on a Post Grad Volunteer Program While in Milwaukee, participants work with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Core) whose focus is service, spirituality, social justice, and sustainable living in community. One highlight of service trips to Milwaukee is the chance to eat with [...]




Wind River, WY Fall 2012

Check out the pictures from the trip to Wind River, WY. Life and Education on a Reservation, The Native American Experience Experience life on the Reservation through meeting tribal leaders, visiting the schools, light maintenance work seeing the beautiful nature of the reservation, and participating in cultural experiences such as a sweat lodge. You will [...]


Calhoun City, MS Fall 2012

Check out the pictures from the trip to Calhoun City, MS. The EXCEL program in Calhoun City, MS provides tutoring. EXCEL is a non-profit organization located in Okolona, Calhoun City and Morton MS which are still very segregated communities with high poverty and illiteracy rates. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the [...]



Sioux City Fall 2012

Check out the pictures from the trip to Montgomery, Alabama. Join this community to work on a Habitat Home in the city with the highest level of poverty in the State of Iowa. Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income [...]


Montgomery, AL Fall 2012

Check out the pictures from the trip to Montgomery, Alabama. Resurrection Catholic Missions reaches out to the community around it. Some of the things that you may do here include working in Resurrection Catholic School (tutoring, P.E., reading, etc.), assisting with the Interfaith Community Outreach program (cleaning homes, yardwork, delivering meals), visiting the residents at [...]



Chicago White Rose Fall 2012

Check out the pictures from the trip to the Chicago White Rose Catholic Worker. The White Rose Catholic Worker serves in a number of different communities locally, nationally, and internationally.  Their local neighborhood, in Rogers Park, is one of the most diverse zip codes in the U.S. with over 80 languages represented and a high [...]



Service & Justice Trip Updates

Omaha Sustainability: What are you taking away from this trip? Sustainability is all about relationships. Relationships with each other to stay motivated to live more sustainably. Our relationship with the earth so as to not see anything as an object, but to instead see all life as subjects. It’s about a deep appreciation of the [...]

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Connecting the Dots Between Service and Advocacy

This morning, the Siena/Francis House group participated in a legislative visit with Senator Ben Nelson’s staff. Louise Lattimer pictured here with the group met the delegation to discuss domestic poverty concerns. Getting to the actual visit was a challenge in itself. After our first night in the shelter we had to be up and going [...]


Spending A Week Steeped in Solidarity

Today, we sent off the Siena/Francis House group. They will be staying for five days at the shelter, living and learning and being with the homeless. This trip focuses on solidarity, one of our seven pillars of the trips. John Paul II, in Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, describes solidarity as “not a feeling of vague compassion [...]

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Baking Bread with the Omaha Sustainability Group!

On Saturday night, I visited with one of the groups staying in Omaha to learn about living a more sustainable life. I spent the evening with the group teaching them how to bake home made bread. We made three different types of bread and had a great time. We made an artisan style Rosemary and [...]


Sending Off the Service & Justice Trips!

Thursday October 11, we missioned the 187 participants in Fall Break 2012 Service and Justice Trips. The groups will be heading out today, tomorrow, and on Tuesday to spend the week learning and serving with 24 communities around the country! Below are some of the pictures from the Send Off Service last night.  

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