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The Jamaican Experience

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The Jamaican Experience is a faith-based immersion that seeks to invite the Loyola Community to respond to the Gospel mandate and to work for peace and justice. The Jamaican Experience allows participants to learn about the lives of and to be in solidarity with people who have been socially, economically, and/or politically marginalized.

JE '16 Team

Immersion travel dates: January 11-17, 2016

If you would like to donate to the Jamaican Experience, please click here.

Meet our Team

"Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours."
Luke 6:20

Each year, Loyola sends a team of students on a faith-based immersion trip to Jamaica, inviting them to join hands and open their hearts to heed the Gospel's call. While there, the team will experience a new culture and share their gifts and faith with all those they encounter. Following in the footsteps of Christ and adhering to the Jesuit values, the team will engage the community through their service, their presence, and their love. The Jamaican Experience '16 team invites you to help support them in their mission; whether it is through prayer, affirmation, clothing donations, or a monetary contribution.

We invite you to click on the names below to learn more about each member of the team. If you would like to make a contribution to the team, please click here. Your contributions and prayers are much appreciated.

Tiffany Batista

John Campanella

Marin Malki

Rachael Martines

Cassidy Rafsol

Elena Scarano

Corri Waters

Emily Wolfson

The Jamaican Experience Annual Clothing Drive

Our annual "Clothes for a Cause" drive, sponsored by this year's Jamaican Experience Team is scheduled for October 19 - November 19, 2015.

As the weather turns cooler, all members of the Loyola community are invited to donate their "gently used" summer clothing and footwear, which will be sent to The Bishop Boyle Distribution Centre in Mandeville, Jamaica.

Donations will be accepted at the 11am & 6pm Masses: October 25 through November 16. You may also drop off items directly in the Campus Ministry Office in Cohn Hall anytime during regular business hours (8:30am-5pm). For more information call the CM office at 617-2222.

Last year we sent over 40 cases of clothing to Jamaica.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Goals and Objectives

The Jamaican Experience seeks to offer the opportunity to:

  • Encounter the economically poor and marginalized of Jamaica through interpersonal dialogue and service.
  • Learn about aspects of Jamaican culture through a series of readings, discussions and speakers.
  • Share individual skills, resources, and gifts for the purpose of creating a more just society and world.
  • Nurture and challenge faith lives through worship and daily encounters with Jamaicans in an ecumenical setting.
  • Reflect critically on issues of faith and justice in the world.

Trip Destination: Mandeville, Jamaica

A Typical Day/Week

We depart BWI airport via Southwest Airlines for a non-stop flight to Montego Bay; where we are met by our driver and guide. After perhaps a quick swim in the crystal blue Caribbean, we begin the long drive to the mountains and Mandeville; where we are treated to a home-style Welcome Dinner. Our daily routine begins with a self-prepared breakfast followed by a short Morning Prayer. Our group will then be transported to work/visitation sites in the greater Mandeville area. These could include sites such as a home for the sick and elderly, a community center for at-risk youth, a school tutoring program for children, or working at the Bishop Boyle Distribution Center operated by the Diocese of Mandeville. Loyola groups often perform manual labor, such as building basic shelter for those who are most in need. Days are usually quite full, with little time for a nap or relaxation. However, the team is encouraged to relax and enjoy the quiet evenings afforded by the mountain top retreat where we live for the week. Some evenings will consist of lectures on Jamaican culture and contemporary concerns. Most evenings conclude with reflection on the day’s activities, sharing, and a short prayer. All members of the Team are expected to participate fully in the daily reflections. Although each year varies a bit, there is always one day set aside when we head to the beach or the river falls to experience the natural wonders of Jamaica, meet native Jamaicans, and enjoy the countryside and Jamaican cuisine. If our stay includes a Sunday, we go to Mass at one of the local parishes and usually spend the day visiting friends or Community agencies. On our final morning we return to Montego Bay for a last stop at a Craft Fair before heading home to BWI.

For more information please contact George P. Miller, Associate Director of Campus Ministry at gmiller@loyola.edu or (410) 617-2449.

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