Iona in Mission, Winter Break 2018-19
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - During the recent break between fall and spring semesters, 46 Iona College students and six faculty and staff members engaged in four Iona in Mission immersions in Kolkata, India; Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; Lima, Peru; and Washington, D.C. The international immersions were hosted by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and their various ministries.
In India, students teamed up with Br. Steve Rocha and the Nine is Mine children’s rights campaign. They facilitated education sessions on human rights at St. Joseph’s High School in Kolkata. The Iona group also served as volunteers at Mother Teresa houses of hospitality throughout the city.
In Peru, Iona students built relationships of solidarity through home construction and family visits, and ran a day camp for children of the Fe Y Alegria school, sponsored by the Christian Brothers in the Canto Grande barrio in Lima.
In Dublin, students served at the Fr. Peter McVerry outreach center for homeless and heroin addicts as well as the Wheatfield Place of Detention. In Belfast, the group was hosted at the Westcourt Center which provides educational programs to young people who have fallen through the cracks of the educational system. The Ireland walked in the footsteps of Blessed Edmund Rice, visiting various heritage sites in Waterford, Callan, and Dublin.
The Washington, D.C., immersion took place at the Pilgrimage, a downtown church committed to homeless education and awareness. Iona students and staff embarked on a transformative week of action and reflection with our neighbors who are poor in the nation’s capital. The Pilgrimage seeks to help young adults connect their faith with social awareness and action. In doing this, the Pilgrimage hopes to build communities where people are invested in eradicating hunger, homelessness, and poverty.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2020.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility.