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Iona in Mission

The Vision

"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me" (Matthew 25).

Our Mission

Iona in Mission offers short-term domestic and international immersion experiences to the students, alumni, staff, and faculty of Iona College. Through the mission trips, participants move away from a global culture of indifference by engaging in service with the poor and marginalized while being immersed in different cultures.  Upon returning to Iona, participants share their experience and the social reality of the host communities to foster action and deepen relationships of solidarity.

IIM Trip Goals

  • Build relationships of solidarity with people made poor and marginalized
  • Learn about issues of poverty and injustice
  • Integration of mind, body, and spirit through service and reflection
  • Foster awareness of the Edmund Rice Story and Network
  • Connect local and global realities
"The pure gratitude of the people living [in New Orleans] was relentless and sincere. [It] was one of the best decisions I made since I set foot on Iona's Campus."
- Mike Petre, Class of 2012
"My experiences at Agape have helped me in opening my eyes and my heart, looking at the world in a completely different way."
- Gabrielle Witt, Class of 2013
"Experiencing the culture of a nation, the spirit of each village, and the stories of each individual person left me amazed by the strength of the Zambian people, and inspired to do and see so much more of Africa and the world."
- Kimberleigh Costanzo, Class of 2014 and co-founder of Wellspring Water, Inc.
“My time in Philadelphia at the St. Francis Inn made me feel a strong connection to the Earth and all of its inhabitants.  Living with the Franciscans had a strong spiritual effect on me and I found myself growing more open to God each day. I feel as if I left Philadelphia with a new perspective on the way the world should be and a new desire to fix the problems that others are suffering from.”
-Brianne Keahon, Class of 2016