Category Archives: Service & Justice Trips Reflections

The Power of Faith in North Omaha – North Omaha, NE

On the first morning of our service trip, our sleepy group gathered and were asked about our previous experience with North Omaha. A majority of the group had little experience with the area, and agreed being at Creighton had fostered some pretty negative stereotypes about it. A bit of anxiety, we admitted, was present as [...]


Civil Rights Lessons – Montgomery, AL

Throughout reflection, we constantly discussed barriers and challenges to our everyday encounters. I consistently experienced this specific, recurring burden of despair. That despair blossomed inside of my gut with each narrative we heard and each name I could add to the list of those killed by injustice. And can I just say, “killed by injustice” [...]

Memphis Standing Together – Memphis, TN

Community by definition means, “A social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists.” In Memphis, Tennessee, community embodies something much more tangible and emotional, though. The moment we crawled out of our minivan on [...]


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The Stories Behind the Handprints – Albuquerque, NM

This Spring Break, I had the privilege to get to know the clients and staff at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, a day shelter serving the homeless population, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I say “privilege” because the stories I heard were filled with vulnerability, laced with hurt, yet also full of joy- it was a privilege [...]

Being Present in Moments of Joy – Kansas City L’Arche

Coming into L’arche community, I didn’t know what to expect. We had been told it was a community that helped with mentally and physically handicapped individuals, but this barely scratched the surface of what L’arche truly was. I spent time in the day center where we did arts and crafts. At every turn, I met [...]

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A Final Message from the Women of El Paso – El Paso Annunciation House

Leaving our service site of El Paso, TX I saw everyone in our group transform into individuals broken by the stories they heard and mended by the people they met. We had the pleasure of meeting many extraordinary speakers. We listened to their stories of how they tried to help the undocumented and promote immigration [...]

Experiencing the fullness of Service & Justice Trips

We have no capacity to fathom the realness of a social injustice until we are sitting across the breakfast table from it, calling it by its name, and taking in every scar and wrinkle on its face. What I’m saying is, we must leave our bags of assumptions and expectations in our dorm rooms before we step into the role of being guests in our service and justice communities.


“Why are you here?” – Cleveland, OH

I went on a service and justice trip to Cleveland, Ohio, along with eight other Creighton students where we learned about the national crisis of homelessness. On the first drop-in at the Catholic Worker Storefront, a man asked me, “Why are you here?” This question, however, provoked me not only throughout the week, but for [...]