Posts Tagged With: El Salvador

Thanks For The Shoutout, Mr. President

WE DID IT AGAIN!  Wheeling Jesuit University has been admitted to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second year in a row!  WJU has been recognized as one of the leading universities in promoting actions to solve community problems while involving students along the way.  The SSAC would like to congratulate WJU students, staff  and community partners who gave their time and effort in serving to make a difference in the Wheeling community and beyond. 	Furthermore, WJU students are committed in helping communities as close as Wheeling, WV and as far as Central America.  Seven students spent Spring Break on a service trip in El Salvador. Kara DeSantis, Senior, said "You grow as a person when you do service, and that's what college is about."

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Immersed in Central America

The Senior Arrupe Scholars pose during an excursion to Antigua, Guatemala We welcome back TWO immersion trips this  week that made the most of their winter break in service with others.  Right now we are proud to focus  on the Arrupe Scholars that returned from El Salvador after volunteering with Project FIAT.  While in Central America,  they performed service that ranged from visiting an orphanage to  building and laying the foundation for a school.  This was supplemented with experiences to learn about the nation’s history, economy and culture to give context to people they met there.  The group also studied the life and mission of Archbishop Oscar Romero as he worked passionately for  the poor of the country before his assassination in 1980.  Everyone  returned home safely with a better understanding of this beautiful  country and warm memories of the people that were so welcoming.

 

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Justice in Our Nation’s Capital

 

Want to meet some students ready to change the  world?  Well, look no further, for we present to you  the 2012 delegation from the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice.  This gathering in Washington D.C. is meant to educate  and unite the 1000+ attending students from Jesuit schools around  the country to work for social justice in their own communities.  It takes place on the anniversary of the 1989 assassination of 6 Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador after they refused to stop serving the nation’s poor.  The white crosses in the picture represent how they are not forgotten and their work continues through our efforts.  These WJU students return to campus ready to, as the founder of the Jesuits—St. Ignatius of Loyola—said, “set the world on fire.”

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Students Return from Immersion Trips

The SSAC is proud to present the first EVER postcard from our new mini-blog!  Subscribe to the right to receive these regular updates from our office.  	Two student groups made the most of their past winter break by spending a week performing service and learning about the local community they visited.  The Arrupe Scholars worked in El Salvador on a variety of projects from laying the foundation for a school to carrying water for families.  The other group served with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, an org founded by students at the local Jesuit high school after Hurricane Katrina. 	Remember to subscribe & follow our new Twitter account!  —>
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