Urban Plunge Retreat
Date: March 2-4, 2018
Limit: 12 students, grades 10, 11 or 12
Urban Plunge is a weekend retreat where students are immersed in the justice issues around urban poverty in Cincinnati. Students will be staying and serving with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. During the evening, group reflections, shared prayer, and simulation experiences will be focused around the justice issues of poverty. Ten to twelve students and two faculty members will be living in a simple community setting, sharing meals and contributing to the group.
2018 Summer Mission Trips
CJ's summer mission trips provide students with the opportunity to travel to different cities, grow in their faith, share the Gospel message, learn from other cultures and discover ways people are working to bring about a more just society.
Please see below for details on the trips we will offer during the summer of 2018.
Cayo District, Belize, Central America
Limit: 12 students (open to juniors and seniors only)
This trip is a service learning/immersion opportunity in which students will be able to work with and learn from the local community. A small Caribbean country, Belize is fiercely independent and culturally rich. Though tourism is creating a boom of development for the country, many of its regions are still simple and pure while dealing with impoverished conditions. During the trip the group will have a variety of service experiences, some of which include working with children in a nearby school. They will also have the opportunity to assist Dr. Steve Huffman (a CJ parent and chaperone) as he administers medical treatment at a local clinic. Evenings will be spent processing the day through shared prayer and reflection. Working alongside the people of Belize will enhance the immersion experience and support a cultural exchange that will be immensely enriching. Other opportunities for cultural immersion may include visits to a market, to some Mayan ruins, the opportunity to celebrate Mass with the local people and more. This trip offers a chance to compare and contrast our lives of privilege with their lives of simplicity. To work, play and pray with the people of Belize is a chance to see and feel a life of love which Jesus calls us all to live. This trip is open to current juniors and seniors only and we recommend that students have had a prior mission trip experience.
Taos, New Mexico
Limit: 15 students (open to 10th, 11th & 12th grade only)
This mission trip experience is designed to immerse 15 CJ students in direct community service at the Taos Pueblo (A Native American reservation, a UNESCO World Hertiage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America). Students will spend their time working with Preschool Native American children at the Taos Pueblo Head Start program and participate in agricultural and community restoration projects designed to enhance the quality of life at the Pueblo. Throughout the week we will also actively engage in cultural awareness experiences at the Taos Pueblo such as traditional Native American drumming, bread making, hatchet throwing, storytelling and musical performances. Finally we will enjoy the many outdoor adventures available in the scenic Taos region such as short hikes and explorations to ancient Pueblo sites. Some time each day will be devoted to processing the groups; experiences through shared prayer and reflection. The group will also get the opportunity to celebrate Mass at a local parish near Taos. The trip is organized and led by Crossroads Director Stuart Morris and Taos Pueblo community leader Floyd Gomez. Stuart has been teaching American History in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years and has led trips to Taos for over 16 years. Floyd has worked with Crossroads on community development projects at the Taos Pueblo for the past 5 years. The students and chaperones will all live together in a private lodge located near the Taos Pueblo. Students, based on gender, are divided into 4-6 students per room with a shared bathroom.
Limit: 14 Students (open to all grades: 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th)
This mission trip is a rural plunge experience. The group will be staying at Solsberry Hill Retreat Center. You will partner with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and work with local residents on housing rehabilitation for low income families. You will also have the opportunity to work with children and elderly residents of this community. Students will also get to spend some of the week doing farm chores at the retreat center. Evenings will be spent processing the day through shared prayer and reflection. You will also get to have some fun by swimming in the pond, lounging on the hammock, enjoying campfires at night and more! Moeller High School will be participating in this mission experience with CJ.