University Ministry

Service and Social Justice Opportunities

SOL (Source of Light) - Local Service Opportunities
LUMINATE (Lewis University MINistry Alternative Trip Experiences)
International Service Opportunities
Post-Graduate Service Opportunities

SOL (Source of Light) - LOCAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Source of Light (SOL)

We are all called by God to serve our sisters and brothers who may be poor, hungry, or lonely. We are also called to share our gifts and blessings through meaningful service that reflects our faith. Dates and times vary throughout the semester. All transportation is provided.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Mentor at-risk children from local elementary schools on campus every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 p.m..
  • Help tutor a child with their homework
  • Create meaningful relationships
  • Held on campus at the Sancta Alberta Chapel and D'Arcy Great Room
See Romeoville Patch article: Bigs, Littles Get the Red Carpet Treatment.

One Time Events

  • Fill the Truck -  Donate gently used clothing, furniture, games, etc. to MorningStar Mission’s Treasure Chest. The truck will come to campus once a semester to collect used goods.
  • Hat and Mitten Drive - Donate new hats, mittens, and gloves to be given to MorningStar Mission for distribution at the Halloween Party.
  • Thanksgiving Baskets - Help pass out Thanksgiving Baskets for families in Joliet through Morning Star Mission.
  • Christmas Giving Tree - Adopt a low-income homeless family or individual for Christmas by purchasing some basic necessities like a warm coat, clothes, blanket, toiletries, etc.
  • Easter Baskets - Adopt an “Easter Egg” to provide an Easter basket filled with candy, games, books, toys, etc. for a child through MorningStar Mission.

MorningStar Mission

Serve a meal to those in Joliet who are hungry. Transportation is provided, but volunteers must sign up ahead of time.

Feed My Starving Children

Help end world hunger with this non-profit Christian organization that provides food for hungry people worldwide.

The Night Ministry

Make a meal on campus and then distribute it to those who are hungry in Chicago.

Growing Power

Care for Earth by planting, harvesting, or composting at an intensive urban farm on the southside of Chicago.

Our Lady of Angels

Spend time with the elderly by joining in activities at this retirement home.

Loaves and Fishes

Help patrons shop for food at a food pantry in Naperville.

SOCIAL JUSTICE OPPORTUNITIES

STAND

STAND, a Catholic Relief Services Campus Ambassador Program, advocates for human rights, and is committed to assisting the poor and vulnerable by promoting social justice and peace. STAND's focus is international in scope and we address issues that impact people around the world. STAND meets every Thursday, from 5:00-6:00pm in the Morton Boston Room (Student Union). Everyone is welcome to attend. STAND also holds regular movie nights and runs the annual STAND for Rights Week.

Catalyst Social Justice Experience

  • January 17-19, 2014
  • This is your chance to see the world differently, and find out how you can make a change.
  • Join us for a weekend immersion in the city of Chicago to "see" poverty more vividly, "feel" poverty more intensely, and to understand poverty's causes more fully
  • We will visit shelters and health clinics, tour neighborhoods and encounter the people whose stories are not told and those working for change.
  • Through encountering God in these places, you will discover how to live a faith that does justice

Catalyst Team

The Catalyst Team dedicates the fall semester to become a community to educate for social justice on campus. They accomplish this through service projects, prayerful reflection and spreading the good news to others. In spring, the team leads the Catalyst Retreat for their peers.

Contact Mike McKeon.

Social Justice Pilgrimages

A new program for the 2013-2014 school year, The Social Justice Pilgrimages serve to invite students deeper into the continuing ministry of Jesus through experiencing the people, places, and history of significant movements towards a more just world. This is not merely a trip to study history, but an opportunity for students to engage with the places and people who have made significant contributions to social justice. Through this learning by encounter, students will be better situated to respond to the gospel call to do justice.

Potential sites for future pilgrimages include: The American Southeast (Civil Rights Movement), the American-Mexican Border (immigration), Bethlehem-Jerusalem (the Palestinian-Israeli peace process), and Washington, DC (democratic advocacy).

LUMINATE (Lewis University MINistry Alternative Trip Experiences)

Join other Lewis students on a weekend or week-long service experience during Fall Break, Spring Break or May. Applications will be available mid-semester in the fall. For more information, contact Sabrina Poulin.

Fall Break - Oct. 10-12

Immersion in Joliet

Learn more about the needs of our local community by serving at various sites in and near Joliet.

Spring Break - March 2-8

Lives Under Construction - Lampe, Missouri

Serve at-risk teenage males on a working farm. Help paint, plant trees, do chores, construction, etc. while also being a mentor to the youth.

Habitat for Humanity - Cookeville, Tennessee

Build or re-hab a house for a family in need of housing.

North Grand Neighborhood Services - St. Louis, Missouri

Help to revitalize a neighborhood through rehabbing houses, working with teens, and learning about advocacy.

May Trips - May 11-17

Habitat for Humanity - Flint, Michigan

Build or re-hab a house for a family in need of housing.

St. Augustine Mission - Winnebago, Nebraska

Learn about the Native American culture by serving on a reservation. Work may include cleaning, maintenance, and mentoring students.

Eco-Justice Immersion

Learn about caring for God's Earth by working on an environmentally sustainable farm in Racine, WI. You will get a chance to work with farm animals including: alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese and honeybees. You will also help plant in the community gardens while learning about ways to reduce human strain on Earth.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Diocesan University Mission to Bolivia


Serve the poor for 2 weeks in the capital of Sucre, Bolivia. Every year since 1998, Lewis faculty, staff and students travel to Sucre, Bolivia with the Diocese of Joliet to work with the impoverished children and youth in the barrios, orphanages and streets, as well as deliver donations of school supplies, toys and medical supplies to the local hospital, parishes and communitites.
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Mission trip will take place June 2014.

Diocesan University Mission to the Philippines

Build a house for the poor on this two week mission trip to Bacolod City, Philippines. Volunteers will build a house with Gawad Kalinga - an organization that provides housing and services for the poor. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and volunteer alongside Filipino college students. Lodging is provided on the campus of the University of St. Lasalle - a Christian Brothers university.

Mission Trip Dates: Jan. 1-12, 2014

POST-GRADUATE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Lasallian Vounteer Program

Respond to Christ's call to serve others, especially the poor. This 1-2 year commitment involves working in the field of Christian education or human development services in the United States. For more information, visit the Lasallian Volunteers site or contact one of the Lasallian Volunteer Scholars: Kendall Grant, Christopher Hueg, or Sean Barber.
"I graduated from Lewis in 2008 with a BA in Theology, and decided to join Lasallian Volunteers and give back a year of my time. I am serving in Brooklyn, NY at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School as a Campus Minister. I love seeing our students own their faith, when they can define 'this is what I believe and why I believe it'. I have learned so much in my year of service, and hope I can continue the work of St. John Baptist de la Salle after leaving the Lasallian volunteers."
- Michelle Hoffman

Additional Post-Graduate Volunteer Opportunities

Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair - Sept. 24, 2013, 1-3pm outside Sancta Alberta Chapel

Come and learn about other volunteer programs throughout the nation and world. These programs have 1-3 year commitments of serving others with healthcare, education, food, housing, disabilities, the environment, advocacy, and many others.

For more information or if you would like to talk with someone about discerning your call to serve, please contact Sabrina Poulin.

Vocational Opportunities

Consider ministry options beyond Lewis. Have you considered life as a professed religious? Consider a long-term volunteer commitment or seek out a connection to a parish or faith congregation. Look for the "Visions" resource booklet in the Ministry Center for more information, or talk with a ministry staff member. Note: Lewis University has a special connection to Br. Stephen Markham, FSC, Director of Vocations/Formation for the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, at markhast@lewisu.edu or 630) 323-3725.

Contact ministry@lewisu.edu with any questions or to sign up.

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