Peru: Spring Break 2018

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Peru: Spring Break 2018

Immersion Trip Details

Dates:  Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 25 (Hope College Spring Break)

Cost: $2,000

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The Church’s love for the poor is part of her constant tradition.  This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of His concern for the poor.  On this trip we’ll study Peruvian Christians past and present – looking first hand at how they have addressed the spiritual and physical needs of the poor in their midst.

We will not be traveling as tourists but as guests having been invited to “come and see”.  We will be going as students to listen and to learn from the thoughts and experiences of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Peru, about how they experience Christ in their life and how Christ gives them hope.

Our trip begins in Lima where we will visit the shrines of two great Peruvian saints, St. Martin of Porres and Saint Rose of Lima and learn about their wonderful lives.  We will begin to see why their heroic witness of faith and love of others continues to encourage thousands of the Catholics four centuries after their deaths.

From Lima we will travel to Arequipa, the second largest city of Peru.  We will be lodged at a Jesuit retreat center south of the city.   Our days will begin with morning prayer.  After breakfast we will venture out to see firsthand how Peruvians of faith are serving the least of these. Our group will visit numerous centers that attend to the sick, disabled and the elderly in the poorest areas of the city.   

After dinner on several evenings, professors from a local Catholic University will discuss with us the works of contemporary Peruvian theologians and economists who, with the backdrop of Catholic Social Teaching, work for structural changes to bring about a more just society.

On the last two days of our trip we will visit the Colca Valley, a three-hour drive from Arequipa.  Not only will we witness spectacular scenery, but we will have a chance to experience Peruvian culture and traditional foods.

For more information
Email Brian Piecuch at brian.piecuch@saintbenedictinstitute.org.