Summer is a great opportunity to take some time to focus on the needs of others in our community and beyond.  While serving others, you will learn quite a bit about yourself and about the world around you.  You will also develop new friendships with the people you work with, make life-long memories, and grow as a person - physically, spiritually and mentally. 

Service Experiences (Trips), not Mission Trips.
The experiences we offer are part of a long-term commitment we have made to our friends in Liberty, KY (25 years), Columbus, OH, and the people served by St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati.  These relationships are very important to everyone involved - the MND community, our students, parents and alumnae that participate in our experiences, and our friends who live in the communities we visit.  We work side-by-side with them on our visits, as equals, not as helpers. The experiences are about building relationships and serving one another, not about doing a one-time project or helping people that cannot help themselves.  This is truly what authentic service is all about.

Contact Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org) if you have any questions.

 

Step 1: Review the information for each experience.

Step 2: Pre-register online and bring a check to Mr. Forman.

Make sure you thoughtfully answer the question explaining
why you want to participate in the experience.

Also, pre-registration is incomplete if you don't bring in your check!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS DISABLED AT THIS TIME

Step 3: Once a trip fills, permission forms will
be emailed to participants and you will have until April 17
to officially complete your registration.

 


 

Liberty, KY Rural Service Experience
Tuesday, June 17 (8:00 am) - Monday, June 23 (1:30 pm)
Cost: $175

 

THIS TRIP IS FULL AT THIS TIME.  SEE MR. FORMAN TO BE PUT ON THE WAIT LIST.
REGISTRATION WILL BE RESUMED AFTER SPRING BREAK IF A SPOT OPENS UP.

Click HERE to visit the Liberty, KY trip webpage. 
Click HERE to visit the Galilean Home's website.
Click HERE for printable trip details page.
Click HERE for selected photos from previous Liberty trips.
 
What is Liberty, KY? It is many things. It is a way to escape to learn about simplicity. It is a chance to get in touch with nature and the beauty (and challenge) of growing food organically. It is an opportunity to spend time with people who not only love God, but live their faith every moment of every day. It is an experience where you will serve others, grow closer to your friends, make many new friends. It is an opportunity to meet some amazing people from around the world, folks with life stories that will stretch your mind. You also will learn a bit about organic farming, spend time with some wonderful Mennonite and Amish friends, help with construction projects, listen to some awesome music, serve elderly and differently-abled friends, sing, dance, laugh, cry and much more. 

Once again this summer we will be partnering with Seton High School.  It is going to be another amazing summer experience!

"Simply put, Liberty KY is a place that makes me happy and content with life, and I can’t wait to go back." - Holly

"Many people say the trip has changed them, but I do not think Liberty changed me, I believe Liberty brought me to find out who I truly am." - Maria

"When people ask me what I do when I go to Liberty and why it’s so important to me, I don’t even know how to respond. This entire experience is so amazing that it is hard to even put into words. Going to Liberty puts me at my happiest because of all the little things. From peeling garlic, to making trips to Sunny Valley to buy bonnets and marshmallows, it all never fails to put a smile on my face. Also, hearing the stories and looking at the simplicity of life down in Liberty makes me so happy and more appreciative of life." - Kendra

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 25 MND STUDENTS (Class of 2014 - 2018)

 


 

St. Vincent de Paul Over-the-Rhine Urban Plunge
Sunday, July 6 (9:00 am) - Wednesday, July 9 (4:00 pm)
Cost: $130

THIS TRIP IS FULL AT THIS TIME.  SEE MR. FORMAN TO BE PUT ON THE WAIT LIST.
REGISTRATION WILL BE RESUMED AFTER SPRING BREAK IF A SPOT OPENS UP.

Click HERE to visit the SVDP Urban Plunge webpage.
Click HERE for printable information about the experience.
Click HERE for selected photos from previous SVDP Urban Plunges.
Click HERE for the SVDP Ozanam Center webpage.

MND and St. Vincent dePaul Over-the-Rhine Urban Plunge is an opportunity for you to connect with people from diverse backgrounds in our own city. Participants will be stay at the SVDP headquarters near downtown Cincinnati, in the West End, and we will learn first-hand about issues of social justice and poverty in Cincinnati by spending time with the people served by St. Vincent De Paul.

Some of the activities we may do include:

  • Making home visits with St. Vincent dePaul members, helping people in need
  • Preparing and sharing a meal with residents of the West End or Over-the-Rhine
  • Participating in a hip-hop dance class
  • Visiting Carew Tower to learn about our wonderful city
  • Spending time with people who are experiencing homelessness
  • Having group reflection and prayer
  • Doing volunteer work at St. Vincent DePaul, the Freestore Foodbank, and Our Daily Bread

"I never realized how real poverty was right in my own city. I think it’s great that people travel out of the country to help those in need, but why go to that extent if we have such poverty in our own backyard? Because of this awesome experience I had, I am now involved in our local SVDP with my own parish. I grew closer to God during the trip. I saw the face of God in so many people, both in the poor and in those helping the poor, and it definitely brought me closer to him. I think my prayer life has grown too because now I have a whole list of people that I lift up to God every night."  - Kate

"The SVDP Urban plunge helped me see and understand much more about those experiencing poverty and the challenges they face on a daily basis. It is truly empowering to understand the challenges facing those experiencing poverty in our city and knowing how much we can help them simply by showing that we care. It is amazing to see the hope imparted to those we visited, even if we were not able to assist them." - Olivia

"I learned how to not judge people who are less fortunate. Instead of judging them, I learned how to help them. I now know what is important in life. If you are fortunate enough to go on this trip, you learn that life is far more important than yourself. Life is about helping others and serving your community in a positive way." - Lydia

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 10 MND STUDENTS (Class of 2014 - 2017)

 

 


 

Rooted In The Vine - A Service Learning Retreat
Sunday, July 20 (morning) – Friday, July 25 (afternoon)
Cost:  $150

THIS TRIP HAS SPOTS AVAILABLE.

Click HERE for more information. (Note: This may be last year's information). 
Click HERE for Jordan's Memorial Card from St. Vincent de Paul.
REGISTRATION:  Click HERE to register through the Archdiocese website.

 

The Rooted In The Vine retreat is a week-long service-learning experience for high school students from around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  Centered at St. Vincent DePaul, it is full of fun and eye opening opportunities that will challenge you to see from others’ perspectives and grow in love of your neighbor and God. 

Note: Since it is open to students from across the Archdiocese, so it will fill rather quickly!

Students participate in immersion activities such as:

  • Daily Prayer & Reflection
  • Exciting and challenging simulation activities
  • Meeting with agencies working for justice
  • Building community
  • Hosting a neighborhood cookout
  • Making great new friends

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 to 8 MND STUDENTS (Class of 2014 - 2017)

 


 

Columbus, OH RTNI Service Trip
Friday, August 15 (8:00 am) – Sunday, August 17 (3:00 pm)
Cost:  $60

THIS TRIP IS FULL AT THIS TIME.  SEE MR. FORMAN TO BE PUT ON THE WAIT LIST.
REGISTRATION WILL BE RESUMED AFTER SPRING BREAK IF A SPOT OPENS UP.

Click HERE to visit the Columbus, OH RTNI trip webpage.
Click HERE for selected photos from our previous visits.
Click HERE for a printable trip details page.

The Columbus, Ohio RTNI urban experience is a weekend visit Aaron and Emily Starr, two wonderful people who run an inner-city ministry in Columbus OH called Reaching The Nations International (www.reachtni.org).  Their ministry includes Youth Bible Study for ages 5 – 12, Proverbs 31 Girls which teaches girls ages 9 – 18 basic life skills, Money Talks, their financial literacy program for ages 13 and up, one-on-one tutoring and Young Gardeners of Milo, a 1000 sq. ft. garden project. Their unofficial ministry includes hanging out with neighbors in their home and connecting neighbors with resources when possible. 

During our visit we will be doing a variety of activities including: service activities with the young people served by the Starrs, working on their new ministry house, hanging out with the teens they serve and sharing life experiences, playing games and visiting The Ohio State University. On Sunday morning we will end with mass at St. Mary's Church in Germantown, near downtown Columbus.

"When I received the opportunity to return to Columbus to revisit Emily, Aaron, and the kids I met during my first experience with RXN, I was extremely excited. After going through my second trip, I can say that staying with the group this past weekend has been extremely beneficial and inspiring. Not only do I have a greater appreciation for my blessings, but I also have a deeper understanding of how God is present in everything around me" - Maria

"My life was so touched by this experience I just want to get more. The people were amazing, the experience was amazing and most of all God in what He teaches us is amazing! Every book has a story. Take a leap of faith and read the first page." - Maddie

"Words cannot describe the experience in Columbus, OH.  From the moment I got there to the moment I left, I knew that was where I belong.  The kids were just beyond amazing all weekend and not only did I learn things from them but I also grew as I got to know them. I know that Columbus is where I will go back countless times and is something similar to what I will be doing with my life." - Julia

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 10 MND STUDENTS (Class of 2014 - 2017)

 

Ready to join us this summer?

Step 1: Review the information for each experience.

Step 2: Pre-register online and bring a check to Mr. Forman.
(Credit Card payment is temporarily unavailable.)
Make sure you thoughtfully answer the question explaining
why you want to participate in the experience.

Also, pre-registration is incomplete if you don't bring in your check!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS DISABLED AT THIS TIME

Step 3: Once a trip fills, permission forms will
be emailed to participants and you will have until April 17
to officially complete your registration.

 

 

 


 

Gorman Heritage Farm  Click HERE for details.
All Summer - flexible times
Front desk work, gardening, farm work, event preparation, special projects
Contact: Claire Long (513)563-6663
www.gormanfarm.com

Kamp Dovetail
Working with people with disabilities.
Contact: Kathy Meyer (513)544-2296
www.kampdovetail.com

Bethany House   Click HERE for details.
Various times during the summer.
Providing daycare for children served by Bethany House.
Contact: Taylor Schultheis
www.bethanyhouseservices.org

Camp Stepping Stones   Click HERE for details.
Various times during the summer.
Working with young people with disabilities.
Contact: Sarah Bosley Woeber (513) 965-5110
www.steppingstonescenter.org