Launched in 1997 and named after alumnus and martyr Fr. Thomas J. Gafney, S.J. ’50, the mission trip program offers students an opportunity to directly encounter the poor and marginalized, just as Jesus did. Through domestic and international destinations participants practice prayer, service, reflection, learning and looking for God in all things, people and places.
Most trips are offered to students the summer before their senior year, but a couple trips also provide opportunities for rising juniors. Interested students must complete an application and, often, an interview, in order to be considered for a mission trip.
Financial aid may be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s financial need. Any student with a heart filled with faith and a desire to serve those most on the margins should apply, regardless of financial situation. Please see Mr. Tracy or Mr. Pacetti with questions.
To learn more about mission trips, please contact Mr. Michael Tracy.
Summer 2022 Offerings
Camden, New Jersey
WHAT? The Urban Challenge Program is an urban, service-learning, immersion experience rooted in the Catholic faith tradition as we encounter the lives and stories of the people of Camden, NJ. Most participants come prepared for what they will do for Camden, but they’re typically unprepared for what Camden will do for them. For more info: romerocenter.org
WHO? 14 Members of the Class of 2024
WHEN? May 30- June 4, 2022
WHERE? Camden, New Jersey
CHAPERONES? Mr. Michael Tracy and Mr. Brendan Corrigan
Wanye County, West Virginia
WHAT? Join over 100 volunteers from all over the country at the Wayne County Work Camp in rural West Virginia. Since 1983, this camp has provided opportunities for volunteers of all faiths to put faith into practice by doing home repair for local families. You will get to know the family you serve as you live, work and pray with the people of the Wayne County community.
WHO? 12 Members of the Classes of 2024 and 2023
WHEN? June 12-18, 2022
WHERE? Wayne County, West Virginia
CHAPERONES? Mr. Savastano and Mr. Mulholland
Los Angeles, California
WHAT? Based out of Dolores Mission Catholic Church, the Jesuit parish in Boyle Heights, Los Angles, California, we will see the ways that this community has found to address and heal by focusing on its gifts and not just on its problems. Visits will include stops at Homeboy industries, who has created numerous job opportunities for men and women who wish to leave the gangs of LA, and to other ministries serving the Latino neighborhood
WHO? 8-12 Members of Class of 2023
WHEN? July 9-15, 2022
WHERE? Los Angles, California
COST? $825 per student
CHAPERONES? Mr. Bogen and Fr. Reim, SJ
Alabama & Georgia
WHAT? This is an educational immersion trip with opportunities for service. On this trip, you will learn about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America by traveling the steps of great American leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You will learn about the interesting challenges of poverty, race, and access to education, healthcare, and jobs.
WHO? 6 Members of the Class of 2023
WHEN? July 15-21, 2022
WHERE? Montgomery and Selma, Alabama & Atlanta, Georgia
CHAPERONES? Mr. Luisi and Mrs. Henderson