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Faculty & Staff Immersion Dominican Republic



Since 1992, the Ignatian Center has hosted faculty and staff immersions, sparked initially by the signing of the peace accords in El Salvador and the call for truth and reconciliation in the wake of the civil war there. 

Over the years, many members of our campus community have taken part in Ignatian Center immersions. We hear time and time again that those experiences have made a profound personal and professional impact on participants. They offer participants a unique, personal opportunity to enrich their own involvement with Jesuit higher education, strengthen their solidarity with marginalized communities, and foster companionship and collaboration with fellow SCU colleagues.


The Ignatian Center is delighted to announce a virtual immersion in partnership with the Caribbean Social Immersion Program (CSIP) in the Dominican Republic. The program will provide faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about the Dominican Republic from our partners on the ground, to reflect and pray individually and as a group, and to share in our Lenten journey. 

This Lenten commitment is aimed at faculty and staff who are interested in engaging more deeply in the University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission and who are invested in a Lenten journey of personal reflection, spiritual activities, and building community with colleagues and our host partners in the Dominican Republic. 

Topics for our ninety minute meetings will range from the Catholic Church and the work of the Jesuits, education, social advocacy, immigration, race, and women’s realities in the Dominican Republic. These conversations will be facilitated by CSIP and Ignatian Center staff, and they will be enhanced by reflection, conversation, and prayer. On occasion, participants may be asked to prepare for a meeting with a supplemental reading, reflection, or video. 

The program will run through the Lenten season, beginning on Tuesday, February 16th (Mardi Gras) and concluding on April 6th (just following Easter). We will be asking participants to fully commit to taking part in all 5 ninety minute meetings, as well as hour-long introductory and closing sessions. 

Introduction Session: 
Feb 16 | 12-1pm

Pilgrimage Meetings:
Feb 23 | 12-1:30pm
Mar 2 | 12-1:30pm
Mar 9 | 12-1:30pm
Mar 16 | 12-1:30pm
Mar 23 | 12-1:30pm

Closing Session:
April 6 | 12-1pm

*Note: Because we are working with partners in the Dominican Republic, it is essential that participants are available for all parts of the 90 minute sessions that begin February 23rd and end March 30th. If a participant is not available for the introductory or closing session, please inform the Ignatian Center staff. 


For questions, please reach out to Tony Cortese, SJ ( or Charles Mansour (