Mission and Ministry
Service Immersion

Appalachian Service Trip

  • Program Cost:  $1100.00 

    Travel Dates:  March 22-28, 2015

    Participants in the Appalachia Service Immersion Program travel to West Virginia to work with the Appalachian Catholic Worker Farm strives to live the Gospel in light of Catholic Social Teaching. Their goal is to provide a center of spirituality and hope with and for the people of the mountains through programs that promote social justice.  The Appalachia Catholic Worker serves local people while attempting to address both the causes and effects of poverty in the region. Students are truly immersed in Appalachia, learning about the beauty of the land, its culture and customs, through the mountain people who know it and express it best. The Catholic Worker's unique service program includes much more than just the swinging of hammers. Through hard work, simple living, a trip to coal country, social analysis, and evening reflections students will be experiencing Catholic social teaching first hand. The Appalachian Catholic Worker invites students to step out of their comfort zones, to break down stereotypes, and work to build community among the local people, as well as within the group. As Jeannie says, “This is a comfortable place to be wrestle with uncomfortable things.” Students may work at chopping, hauling, and stacking wood, fixing fence, bailing and stacking hay, gardening, house cleaning, painting, yard work, small building/demolition projects, and visiting the elderly.




    "This has been a capstone of my time at SU, and I will carry the hollers of West Virginia and their beautiful people in my heart for a long time. Their hospitality and pride has truly ignited a curiosity and willingness to live deeper and fuller in my communities."  -Jacqueline Shrader   


    For more information, please contact Seán Bray, Social Justice Minister, at (206) 296-6079.