Editorial: Wolfington Center offers a local and global social justice outlet to students

By Mallory Terrence
October 16, 2008

Want to get involved at Cabrini but don’t know where to go? The campus ministry office within the Wolfington Center offers students opportunities to volunteer and work towards a more just society. It encompasses various aspects of spirituality, service and solidarity.

The campus ministry center is designed to help students develop deeper ways to assist others in communities both local and global, while strengthening Cabrini Catholic identity. The center has activities in four areas: service learning and civic engagement, community outreach and partnerships, the Institute on Catholic Social Teaching and spirituality of service.

During the course of a semester, the campus ministry offers retreats, trips and get-togethers to engage students in learning and working towards a compassionate society not only at Cabrini but also around the world.

The Freshmen Adventure Retreat and the Freshmen Escape allow students to learn about themselves, prepare for college and bond with other freshmen.

Search, on the other hand, is a retreat in November that is designed more for upper-classmen to encourage students to reflect on their lives and begin to do self-searching.

Instead of spending your winter or spring break sitting at home, the Wolfington Center offers alternative plans. Each year students are offered the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and West Virginia; this year there is also the option of going to New York. With only a small deposit due with the application, all of these trips are fundraised by participants throughout the year. These programs allow students to give back to communities in need and educate themselves outside of a classroom.

The Rostro de Cristo Experience in Duran, Ecuador over winter break is designed for students to learn how 1 billion people in the world live, on just $1 a day. The purpose is to give students a greater appreciation for their own lives, while learning and better understanding the culture and lifestyle of the Ecuadorian people.

Through Project Appalachia, students experience domestic poverty by going to a rural community in West Virginia and help rebuild communities.

The New York Immersion Trip allows students to work alongside Cabrini Sisters and missionaries in New York City. Students visit and serve newly arrived immigrants in the area.

With the variety of volunteer opportunities available, everyone should be able to find a cause that fits your personality.

The campus ministry is always putting together programs and chances for the Cabrini community to give back, whether in volunteer hours or financial support. The next big ministry office event is the second annual Laurel House run to raise money for the only Montgomery County domestic violence shelter.

The Wolfington Center is located on the third floor in Founders Hall.

Mallory Terrence

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