Our urban Plunge CCME to Spiritan Parishes in Arlington and Baltimore allows students to experience two very different urban parish communities.
The first stop is Our Lady Queen of Peace in Arlington, VA. OLQP is located in an affluent neighborhood and has maintained his historical identity as an African American Catholic community. The parishioners are vibrant and actively engaged in a variety of social justice ministries and the students are able to interact and serve with community members. This first part of the trip gives students an experience of a resource rich parish with a commitment to social justice.
The second half of the week is spent at St. Edward the Confessor in Baltimore, MD. This African American Catholic community is aging and small. In comparison to OLQP, the resources and number of active parishioners are much smaller. Students work is more labor intensive; cleaning and light maintenance work that is offers assistance to the community.
To learn more about the Spiritan ins Baltimore, check out this video!