Immersion is an experience in entering community. We leave the area of our home, our school, and our community and enter into a new community. We hope to create intentional experiences of encounter, with people we might not otherwise know, in order to experience solidarity, create connections, and learn about realities that are not our own. Each experience allows students to be immersed in a different place. Most immersion experiences have an aspect of service, and all will have learning, reflection, community, and prayer.

Please read more about the immersion experiences available to Villa students below:

Junior Immersion

An experience in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Your time will be spent in service, kinship, and reflection.

  • Click here for more information on the St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Center.
  • Click here for the application.
  • Click here to read an introduction to the immersion experience.

2017-2018 Immersion Dates

  • October 12-13, 2017
  • February 23, 2018 (one day)
  • April 9-10, 2018

Chicago Immersion

Travel to Chicago to meet the Sisters of Saint Casimir. We will stay in a retreat house named after Mother Maria Kaupas, build lasting and caring relationships with the Sisters, and learn about the social injustices and good works being done in Chicago.

  • Click here to read blog accounts by Villa Jems who have gone before you.
  • Find the application for the September 2018 trip here.
  • Find the application to lead the September 2018 trip here.

2018-2019 Immersion Dates

  • September 19-21, 2018
  • March 20-22, 2019

Haiti Immersion

An immersion trip to the community of Bois-de-Laurence in rural Haiti. We stay with Missionhurst Priest Father Bavon and do what we can to serve and be with the community there. This trip is the culmination of students' experiences in service, social justice, spirituality, and community. The trip to Haiti is designed to bring girls who are committed to these values out of their comfort zones.

  • You can read blog posts here.
  • You'll find the application here.

2017-2018 Immersion Dates

  • December 16-21, 2017
  • August 4-10, 2018

Mt. Carmel Immersion to Mother Maria Kaupas Center

"Walking in the Footsteps of Mother Maria"

Click here for the application.

Trip Dates: June 4-6, 2018

Who: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors may apply! (Class of 2019, 2020, 2021)

Mandatory Preparation Meetings:
April 25, 3 to 4 p.m.
May 16, 3 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $200 includes travel, retreat center fees, and food
*You may be asked to bring snacks.

Location: Mother Maria Kaupas Center in Mt. Carmel, PA


Mission & Ministry Office

Stephanie McCarthy
Director of Mission & Ministry
215-357-8810 ext. 126

Caroline Hall
Campus Minister
215-357-8810 ext. 131

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