H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program

Honoring our neighbor, Organizing for justice, Practicing peace, Encountering God

What is the H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program?

Inspired by the enduring values of a Holy Cross education, and the belief that learning is enhanced when it takes place in the context of a compelling situation, H.O.P.E. seeks to engage members of the Stonehill community in cross-cultural service experiences. H.O.P.E. further endeavors to challenge the Stonehill community to grow in love of God and neighbor by embodying the Church's commitment to a preferential option for and with the poor.

H.O.P.E. is an acronym that stands for the four tenets of the program:

Honoring our Neighbor

We seek to walk alongside people in the communities to which we travel, showing our love and concern for them mostly by our presence and by any service we are asked to provide.

Organizing for Justice

By encountering situations of injustice domestically and internationally, we seek to name the underlying causes of these situations; that we might be able to work towards their resolution.

Practicing Peace

We foster and build relationships with communities to promote understanding amongst varying cultures at home and abroad, in an effort to end indifference and ignorance.

Encountering God

Rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the Gospel, we are open to finding the living God amongst those who are suffering injustices.

Read BEFORE You Apply:

H.O.P.E. INFO BOOK 2019-2020

 Social Justice Issues Explored:

2019-2020 Sites  

Liberation Theology & Holy Cross Spirituality: 

Holy Cross Mission

Santiago, Chile 

International Women & Community Development: 

International Partners in Mission 

Dominican Republic

Hunger & Homelessness: 

Andre House of Hospitality

Phoenix, AZ

Indigenous Peoples:

International Partners in Mission

Portland, ME

Environmental Justice & Rural Poverty: 

The Appalachian Institute

Wheeling, WV

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities:

L'Arche Community

Haverhill, MA

Immigration along the Border:

Via International

San Diego, CA

Racial Justice & Civil Rights:

Lydia's House

Atlanta, Georgia

Indigenous Peoples:

Community Learning Network

Santa Fe, NM

Hurricane Relief Work & Urban Poverty:


New Orleans, LA

Rural Poverty:

Sunset Gap Community Center

Cosby, TN

Mental Health & Homelessness:


Portland, OR

International Poverty & Holy Cross Spirituality:

Holy Cross Mission

Canto Grande, Peru

Urban Poverty:

The Steinbruck Center

Washington, DC

Farmworker Rights & Immigration:

Hope CommUnity Center

Apopka, FL





Who organizes the H.O.P.E. Program?

The Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, MaryAnne Davey, works with student interns and leaders to facilitate and execute the program.  The student leaders begin preparations for all trips at the beginning of the fall semester. They lead orientation meetings and help to prepare the groups to make sure the week of immersion runs smoothly.

Who participates in the H.O.P.E. Program?

All H.O.P.E. experiences are open to students and employees at Stonehill College.  Some alumni have served as employee leaders in the past.