Wheeling Jesuit to offer several service immersion trips in March and April

  WJU News
  Friday, March 1, 2019 3:20 PM
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Wheeling, WV

During the months of March and April, the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University is sponsoring 16 immersion trips with 16 different educational partners, involving high school and college students as well as faculties at various sites around West Virginia. 

These trips are assembled and overseen by Tom Breiding, coordinator of immersion trips, and are meant to serve as both an orientation to and exploration of Appalachia, its rich cultures and contemporary challenges.

"For some trips, the focus is on energy and ecology, for others the focus is on health care, while for still others, service learning is the core of the experience. All of these subscribe to the tradition of WJU's mission, reflect the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical, LAUDATO SI', (On the Care of Our Common Home) - inspired by the Canticle of St. Francis - and enunciated most recently in the new 10 year plan of the Society of Jesus promulgated last month and approved by the pontiff," said Fr. Rich McCouch, S.J., and director of the Appalachian Institute. 

In addition to these trips, several students, along with Colleen Ryan Mayrand, director of the Service for Social Action Center, will travel to Emmaus Farm in rural Kentucky on Sunday, March 3. The group will stay there for a week and will be challenged to live by the cornerstones: simplicity, community, prayer, and service. They will also work with a non-profit construction company repairing houses of those in need as well as visit with elderly who are home-bound and in nursing homes. 

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.  

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