The Total Ignatian Experience (TIE) program is a response to Christ's call to place our lives and talents amongst the marginalized. The immersion trips combine service, prayer, simplicity, and community. As part of the Jesuit tradition, all trips involve intensive spiritual reflection and discussion in a retreat atmosphere. All retreats require an application process including references, conduct, and academics.
TIE - Kansas City (open to Freshmen)
This service immersion trip focuses on learning about the urban core of Kansas City. Students stay at St. Louis Church and in the mornings read with grade schoolers as part of the Upper Room program. In the afternoons, students visit various community service organizations and learn about issues facing the poor combined with community service. Morning and evening reflection and prayer addresses our Christian response to poverty and goes more deeply into the Grad at Grad. Throughout the week, students build community by preparing their own meals and keeping the house.
Two weeks available in Summer 2013: June 23 - 28 and July 7 - 12. Deadline for application: Friday, April 5.
TIE - KC application Teacher Rec Peer evaluation form
TIE - Tennessee (open to Sophomores)
This service trip to Robbins, Tennessee is a Habitat for Humanity project. While emphasis is on direct service, students will learn some of the wider issues facing the poor through prayer, reflection, and contact with Habitat's clients. The week focuses on simplicity, community, prayer and service. June 1 - June 8, 2013 and July 13 - 20, 2013.
Applications due October 31.
TIE Tennessee Application
TIE - Tijuana (open to Juniors)
This trip is sponsored by Esperanza Internacional. This trip requires intensive manual labor working on housing and includes a border visit to deepen understanding of poverty and migrants. Students will live simply and have daily prayer and reflection. Spanish speaking a plus for this trip. June 2 - June 8. Applications due October 31.
TIE Tijuana Application
TIE - Belize (open to all levels)
This Spring Break alternative trip allows for growth on a cultural, personal, and spiritual level. Students will be based in Punta Gorda to work with surrounding Mayan communties and see the impact of some of the Mission Week funds. Belize is an English speaking country and part of the Missouri Jesuit province so students will meet Jesuits and Jesuit volunteers whose lives are committed to the poor. Priority may be given to upper classmen. March 16 - 23, 2013. Applications due October 31.
TIE Belize Application