During the first week of January, Canisius students had the opportunity to participate in Campus Ministry’s Winter Service Week. Participants committed to a preparation process to engage in the four cornerstones of solidarity, simplicity, social justice and spirituality during their experience.
This year, eight Canisius College students and campus minister Sarah Signorino ’04, ’08, ’12 participated in an immersion experience with Rural and Migrant Ministries. The mission of Rural and Migrant Ministries is to provide accompaniment, youth empowerment and education to people who are disenfranchised, especially rural and farm workers.
While immersion experiences are often associated with communities in other areas of the United States or abroad, this experience was much closer to home. The group journeyed to Wayne County, NY, to learn about the realities of farmworkers. They celebrated Tres Reyes (a three Kings celebration on the Epiphany), visited an apple packaging plant, saw two locally filmed documentaries about migrant workers and spoke with farmworkers, the Wayne County sheriff and attorneys from Rochester Legal Aid.
If you would like additional information about Winter Service Week or other service opportunities throughout the year, please contact Campus Ministry at Ext. 2420.
Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, academic affairs