Tag Archives: Service


Being Unreservedly Yourself

“Come up with me! Will you come up with me?!” A teenage girl named J. looked at me and eagerly asked that question as she yanked on my arm, practically dragging me out of the church pew we were sharing. It was Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Bethphage Village in Axtell, NE–where my Spring Break Service [...]

A little rain couldn't stop the Mosaic group from helping transport residents to their day-sites.

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Lessons Learned from the Civil Rights Visionaries of Memphis

  Memphis has Soul Memphis, Tennessee is home to so much more than Graceland, delicious barbeque, and the intriguing duck march of the Peabody Hotel. At the heart of this city is a rich history and culture, with beams of light shining through the darkness. Similar to its influential musical roots and the glittering neon [...]


Spring Break in Service: SCSJ Service & Justice Trips Enliven Creighton Experience

This Spring Break, Creighton University will again send out a large contingent of students as part of the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice’s Spring Service & Justice Trips. The week of March 11, more than 130 students will fan out across the nation, the state and the city for immersion and service-learning experiences at [...]

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Bailey Norby: 2 Degrees and a Division I Athlete

Playing a Division I sport while earning an undergraduate degree in three years bucks convention. But Bailey Norby thought outside the scheduling box and did just that. Now, the Forest Lake, Minnesota native is finishing her MBA while playing basketball for the Bluejays. The women’s basketball team trains on campus ten months a year. Norby had some free time [...]


6 Creighton students spent spring break at a homeless shelter. It was an eye-opening experience

Yoshua Piescer said he was a little scared the other night when a homeless man waved him over in front of the Siena-Francis House homeless shelter. The Creighton University student was in his second day of living at the homeless shelter as part of a spring break service trip. He already had his shoes stolen. [...]

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Students on SCSJ Fall Service & Justice Trips put faces, names to realities they encounter

As seen on Creighton Today As they always are, the social justice encounters for Creighton University students on the Fall Service & Justice Trips in October were myriad.There were the realities of poverty, migration, hunger, homelessness. But in West Virginia, there was Bill and Bob and Jim and Crystal. In Nebraska, there was Brian and [...]


Wisdom For the Journey

      Former SCSJ Graduate Assistant, Kevin Kuehl, shared some wisdom for all those participating in Post-Graduate Volunteering or entering religious life upon graduation last spring. Here are the words he sent them off with during the Post-Graduate Volunteering and Religious Life Missioning Service: Good morning! I’m so excited to share in this moment with [...]

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Post Grad Volunteer Discussion

Is volunteering after graduation the right choice for you? Find out! The Creighton Center for Service and Justice will be hosting a Tostadas Dinner Wednesday, February 12, 5:30-6:30pm in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper Center 2067). All students are welcome (seniors, sure, but also geared to younger students thinking about next steps [...]



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Go Team Winnebago!

Paul Bubash, Adam Goodrick, Molly Perroni, Kalyn Flierl, JuYeon Kakazu, Emsy Cullinan, and Eboni Poole. This is our team. Team Winnebago, Nebraska. We worked, prayed, reflected, and laughed together all week long, and recognized that the good of the people in Winnebago would prevail soon enough. I think we all went in together thinking this [...]



The Calhoun City group with the kids at EXCEL

Speaking the Language of the Heart

When I sit down with my friends to talk about my fall break service and justice trip to Calhoun City, Mississippi I ask them if they have a good amount of time to hear my stories because all of them are so precious to me and I don’t want to miss a single detail. Sometimes [...]


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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Thank You For Attending the Post-Graduate Volunteer & Religious Life Missioning Ceremony

As part of Creighton University’s commencement activities, we commissioned 50 students who will be participating in post-graduate volunteer work or who are entering a religious order. Thank you to everyone who came out to support these students. More pictures can be found on Facebook or on our flickr page!


Post-Graduate Volunteer & Religious Life Missioning Ceremony

Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony Friday, May 11, 2012, 10:30 am – 11:15 am St. John’s Church Join Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., President of Creighton University, Andy Alexander, S.J., Vice President for University Ministry, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, and the Justice and Peace Studies Program in celebrating our graduates who [...]


Post-Grad Volunteer & Religious Life Missioning Ceremony

Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony Friday, May 11, 2012, 10:30 am – 11:15 am Saint John’s Church Join Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., President of Creighton University, Andy Alexander, S.J., Vice President for University Ministry, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, and the Justice and Peace Studies Program in celebrating our graduates who [...]


Seeing Despair Turn To Hope

By Casey Jergenson, ’12 Driving through the neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan can be a rather disturbing experience.  Rows upon rows of burnt-out, dilapidated houses grimaced at our mini-van as we drove through the city, replacing our light-hearted conversations with melancholy silences.  I certainly was not prepared for the poverty we encountered. We volunteered with a [...]



Providing Community to Maximize Potential

By Mary Henneberry, Winter 2011 Graduate So…as of this moment, I’ll be living in Chicago, and working at a non-profit here in Chicago that works with mentally and physically handicapped people (from mild/high functioning individuals to profound/nonverbal, very very limited movement) in order to offer them a community of care that maximizes their potential. The [...]


Our Voices: Reflections on a Fall Break Service Trip

By Jocelyn Wu, Senior Coordinator to Winnebago, NE The majority of photos from my Fall Break Service Trip to the Winnebago Indian Reservation are of picturesque sunsets and sunrises, with brilliant orange orbs sinking and rising into crystal blue skies. I write these words as a student thankful to have had the opportunity to experience [...]


Invitation Accepted – IFTJ 2011

Two Creighton Students, Christine Bolas and Claire Bowens, share their experiences of receiving invitations at the Ignatian Family Teach-In For Justice 2011. They both share how they received, and acted upon, invitations to take their service experiences to a deeper level.


Examples of Life

Santiago Franco, student, wrote this reflection after participating in a week-long Fall Break Service Trip with the Pixan Ixim community: God made us of different colors, heights and essences. He sent us to different lands with uncertain destinies that have not been fulfilled yet. However, we have managed to find ourselves in this place under [...]


Looking Forward While Reflecting On Previous Experiences

By: Hannah O’Keefe Every experience that I have had thus far with Creighton’s CCSJ reinforces one basic idea: when it comes to service and justice, Creighton gets it. This year will mark my third trip to the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Family Teach-In, and I could not be more excited, not only to be going, but [...]


How do we prepare our students?

By Kelly Orbik, CCSJ Assistant DirectorStudents must 1st discern that they want to offer themselves this experience. They apply, read “In the Service of Life,” interview with student peers, pay the cost of the trips, come to 3 preparation meetings, and come to a missioning service the night before. The day they leave they take [...]


Service Journeys: How to Tie into Professional Identity

Written by: Katie Nedley As I meet other students on campus, I am frequently struck by the number of people who identify themselves as “pre-professional.” Pre-law, pre-dental, pre-med, etc… Many of these students, myself included, desire to do service. Through occupational therapy coursework and experiences with the CCSJ, I have begun to think about how [...]