University Ministry Service Immersion Trips 2018-19

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University Ministry Service Immersion Trips 2018-19

University Ministry Service Immersion Trips 2018-19

For more than 25 years, University of Detroit Mercy has taken students out of the classroom and into the struggling neighborhoods of Detroit, the hurricane ravaged streets of New Orleans, the little villages of El Salvador, and into the suffering stories of migrants in El Paso, Texas.

These service immersion trips, sponsored by University Ministry, seek to educate students about the social issues that create and perpetuate systemic injustice, to foster and deepen their faith lives, to introduce diverse cultures, and to engage in service. Participating in Detroit Mercy’s service immersion trips offers opportunity for students to be contemplatives in action in the Jesuit and Mercy tradition.

In the words of Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), “Students must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively.” In the constitution of the Sisters of Mercy, we are inspired to live the words, “As Sisters of Mercy we sponsor institutions to address our enduring concerns and to witness to Christ's mission. Within these institutions we, together with our co-workers and those we serve, endeavor to model mercy and justice and to promote systemic change according to these ideals.”

During the weeklong service immersion experience, students are engaged in direct service, simple living, critical thinking, cultural diversity, theological reflection and solidarity. This is an opportunity to engage in experiences that can change hearts, transform perspectives, deepen faith and lead to social action. After a service immersion trip, students will see and experience the world around them in a different light and in the spirit of our Jesuit and Mercy traditions, students are challenged to put their faith into action.

Service immersion trips are not funded by Detroit Mercy and it costs about $45,000 for all of the trips. Students and University Ministry staff work hard to raise funds to subsidize costs and cover student scholarships. Some funds raised cover the general cost of trips to lower the overall price of participation. Your contribution will lessen the burden to give more students a chance to participate in this life-changing experience. Every contribution helps! You can make a general donation or make a gift in honor of a student, or staff or faculty member.

2018-19 Service Immersion Trips

Winter Break Trip:

Lives on the Border – El Paso,Texas

Spring Break Trips:

What Makes a Home - Nazareth Farm, West Virginia

Hunger and Homelessness – Mystery Trip (location is not disclosed)

Inclusion and Reimagining Love – Misericordia, Chicago, Illinois


Choose a giving level


Half a tank of gas

Your gift will help cover the cost for half a tank of gas for a minivan in Immakolee, Fla.


Community meal preparation

Your gift will contribute to helping us prepare a community meal for 50-75 migrant families in El Paso, Texas.


Partial scholarship

A $50 gift will help cover a partial scholarship for a student in need to participate.


Transportation assistance

Your gift of $75 will help fund a rental van so we can serve adults with disabilities in Chicago.


Home repair supplies

Donate toward the supplies needed for home repairs in rural West Virginia.


Community meal for a day

Each day, students and staff share meals together to build community, share reflections and deepen learning. Your $150 gift will go towards the shopping budget for these meals.


Plane ticket subsidy

Your $250 gift helps defray the cost of a student’s plane ticket to El Salvador.


Trip sponsor

Sponsor a trip. Your gift will allow Detroit Mercy students to engage in real world learning and faith development through a service immersion trip.


Jesuit tradition in action

Help our students truly experience the Jesuit tradition of recognizing the unconditional and universal human dignity in all creation; fostering community growth in the spirit of solidarity; committing to education and action concerning the issues of poverty and injustice in the region; furthering the personal growth of the participants; and accepting the challenge to understand the past, experience the present and look forward with hope to the future.