Service and Justice

A number of opportunities also exist to affirm the dignity of each person and to educate the Assumption University community about matters of social justice, as well as the Christian call to care for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized.

Service/Immersion Trips

Inspired by Catholic teaching, week-long service and immersion trips in the United States and abroad help Assumption form students for compassionate service and social justice, while growing in faith.

SEND is Assumption's primary opportunity for service/immersion travel. These trips, which take place during various University breaks, include domestic and international destinations. The trip to El Paso, Texas and Chaparral, New Mexico, for example, allows students to participate in the ministry of hospitality that the Assumptionists and the Religious of the Assumption are providing to immigrants at the border, while the trip to Pine Ridge, South Dakota immerses students in ministry among Native Americans. Students participating in the trips bond with classmates prior to the trip in preparatory meetings that use materials from Catholic Relief Services, and opportunities for reflection and faith-sharing during the trip invite students to consider how the experiences of the trip call them to greater spiritual maturity and impact how they live out the implications of their faith. Contact Nick Coccoma for more information.

ServeUP is an annual trip offered during Spring Break by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  The service usually involves rebuilding efforts for victims of hurricanes in Louisiana or Texas.  Assumption students join students from other Worcester universities on the trip. Contact Rachel Dean for more information.

Other Opportunities for Service and Justice on Campus

Advocates for Life is a student group that is dedicated to promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.  Annual events include the March for Life in Washington DC and a fundraising dinner for Visitation House in Worcester, a home for women facing crisis pregnancies.  Contact Timothy Cody for more information.

SEARCH offers students the opportunity to lead pre-Confirmation retreats for high school students from parishes in the Worcester area.  Contact Br. Daniele Caglioni, A.A. for more information.

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