Service and Mission Trips

Summer in the City 

Youth from six counties in the Diocese of Camden trade fun in the sun for service at the shore as part of the Summer in the City service project sponsored by the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation: Youth Ministries.

Catholic Heart Workcamps
A Catholic organization that helps to coordinate service/mission experiences for young people.  Workcamps are open to those that will be in the 8th grade in the fall of 2013 and older.

Center for FaithJustice
The Center for FaithJustice provides transformative experiences of faith in action, builds community, serves those in need, educates for justice, and empowers people to change the world within the Catholic tradition.

DeSales Service Works
A project of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in Camden, New Jersey, DeSales Service Works welcomes volunteers to join in service, prayer and learning in our struggling neighborhood.

Just 5 Days
Just 5 Days ia a five-day experience of service, hands-on learning activities, prayer and liturgy, and community building program designed for groups of middle school youth and their adult leaders from Catholic parishes and schools.  The program is sponsored and organized by the Center for Ministry Development.

Romero Center Ministries
Romero Center Ministries is an urban retreat and social justice education center in the heart of East Camden, New Jersey.

Young Neighbors in Action
Young Neighbors is the Center for Ministry Development’s week-long, summer, service-learning experience for older adolescents, with programs in the United States.  Young Neighbors provides a solid, Catholic approach to service and justice that balances Scripture and Catholic social teaching, direct service, and a justice consciousness. It provides the experiences, skills, and learning needed to make change possible. Please explore this site if you are interested in more information about Young Neighbors in Action that you need to plan your next summer service trip!

The Saint Vincent Paollotti Center
The newly revamped Saint Vincent Pallotti Center website contains resources for persons preparing for, currently in, or returning from service or mission experiences. An improved search function also gives viewers access to over one hundred Catholic-based mission and volunteer programs.

Resources for Youth Ministers

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is an arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is an istrument of the Catholic Church working to carry out the Mission of Jesus Christ.  There are a number of resources that may be helpful to develop engaging dialogue and activities based on Catholic Social Teaching.

Catholics Confront Global Poverty
This is a joint initiative of the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services to engage Catholics in learning, praying, sharing and advocating about global poverty.

Catholic Relief Services
Going Global with Youth is a gateway to lesson plans, simulation activities, prayer services, and other resources that explore global issues through the lens of solidarity and Catholic social teaching.

Catholic Social Teaching:  Office for Social Justice St. Paul and Minneapolis
Welcome to our pages on Catholic social teaching. Here you will find most of the official social teaching documents of the Catholic Church and also a variety of resources to help you explore this rich body of moral teaching. If you are an educator, you will also find tools to assist you in teaching others to know and appreciate the wisdom and the challenge that is embodied in this teaching.

Educating for Justice
The Education for Justice Web Project was created to help teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers, and others in leadership roles to meet the challenge of sharing Catholic Social Teaching and bring greater awareness to social justice issues.

Faithful Citizenship
A website offered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding our responsiblity to vote and being engaged in public life.  It includes ideas and lesson plans for sharing these resources with young people.

JustFaith Ministries
Offers a variety of resources.  Justice Walking is a faith formation process to empower older teens through prayer, ritual, dialogue, and relationships, to broaden their circle of awareness by interacting with the poor, learning about Catholic social teaching, and making compassionate life choices.

Living Justice and Proclaiming Peace with Adolescents
A website from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry highligting resources for Catholic Social Teaching and the two feet of social justice.

Our Catholic Faith in Action
A great resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops with ideas, lesson plans, engaging activities and prayer services regarding Catholic Social Teaching.

Poverty USA
An engaging website regarding poverty in the United States.  Help youth learn about poverty in the United States and our Catholic response through interactive websites.