Mission Trips

During breaks and the summer, University Ministry offers students the chance to go on mission trips. Read below to see a description of mission trips. If you would like more information on either one, please contact Joseph Wysocki at jwysocki@stfrancis.edu.


Fall Break  (Nazareth Farm, West Virginia):

Students are encouraged to spend their fall break participating in this experiential opportunity which truly embodies Franciscan living.

“Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service retreat experience. They are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer and service. They serve alongside their neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. Nazareth Farm celebrates the richness of Appalachia and helps volunteers experience God by building and through forming relationships between volunteers and the local community.” In the past, USF students have been joined by other colleges such as: Creighton (NE), Aquinas (MI) and Notre Dame University.

INTERESTED? Seven students per year are able to join this trip, which costs approximately $275. University Ministry takes applicants from August through September.


Alternative Spring Break (Mississippi Gulf Coast)

Each spring break students are offered an alternative spring break trip; the purpose of which is to serve the chosen area, build community among students, and grow as an individual in faith. USF students have gone to Whole Kids Outreach in Missouri and to Biloxi, Mississippi to help with home repair/construction/demolition through Hope CDA – an agency helping residents, six years after Hurricane Katrina, to recover. Our place may change, but the purpose will always remain – to live lives of service.

INTERESTED? The trip costs approximately $250-$300. University Ministry takes names from December through February so that the group size, cost and arrangements can be finalized. Deposits are required by Feb. 1.