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Alternative Breaks

Stories for Solidarity

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we are here. – Sue Monk Kidd There is power in a story. There is great power in our life... Continue Reading →

A Look into Addiction

Looking at the $500 paycheck he just received, John knows that he needs to use it for rent, reliable transportation to work and a healthy meal. However, his mind is clouded with the desire to go back to the streets... Continue Reading →

A New Way of Seeing – and Being

Lent is one of my favorite times of the year. Not because I love self-denial, but I do love the intentionality of this liturgical season. Just as Jesus retreated to the desert to fast and pray and purify his heart... Continue Reading →

The Real Purpose of Service Immersion Trips

The following is the text of Greg Carpinello's speech on the ultimate hope and purpose of service immersion trips, delivered to the Xavier students set to embark on their spring break trips on Friday, February 26th: In 2004, I went... Continue Reading →

A Final Alternative Break’s Experience: Immigration and Refugees

This spring break, I participated in my final Alternative Break. The topic: Immigration and Refugees. In early Fall, I spent months student teaching at a school where the majority of my students had migrated here. They were brought to this... Continue Reading →

An Experience with Homelessness that Changed My Life

Breanna Lynch was the co-site leader for the Alternative Breaks trip to Washington D.C. dealing with the issue of hunger and homelessness. The video below is her reflection on the experience: Through my experience on Alternative Breaks, living homeless is... Continue Reading →

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