Spiritan Year of Service Program
In the rich tradition of the Spiritans to create a more just world, the Spiritan year of Service Program (SYSP) strives to engage young college graduates as they live their faith in action while growing on their spiritual journeys.
The Three Pillars of SYSP:
Prayer and Spiritual Growth / Participants will pray and reflect as a community and will be guided by lay Spiritan mentors.
Working with Those on the Margins / participants will commit to working with the marginalized which will include growing in their understanding and knowledge of social justice.
Simple Living / Participants will live a very simple lifestyle with a focus on sustainability and integrity of creation
The three pillars of SYSP are based around the three main principles of the Spiritan charism: walking with those on the margins, committing to authentic relationships, and living open to the Spirit.
Where will I live?
For the first few weeks, you'll live in Bethel Park at the Spiritan Center to learn about the Spiritans. Then you will be re-located to housing closer to the city and your community site.
What will my expenses be?
Living expenses like food, rent, and household bills are included with the program. However, it is expected that you fundraise or have personal funds on hand to cover extra amenities and gas.
Where will I serve?
With the help of program mentors you will be placed at a sight in either the Hill District community or Hazelwood community of Pittsburgh.
What is the time commitment?
SYSP lasts for 11 months, beginning June 1 and ending May 15. You are expected to serve 30 hours a week at your site and participate in spiritual development 10 hours a week.
Program Overview: A Year in the Life
February 2017-April 2017: Discuss idea of SYSP with those close to you, apply, talking to Luci-Jo DiMaggio, Program Director, seriously discern if this is right for you.
March 2017-May 2017: Raise adequate funds for your year.
June 2017: Spend a month at the Spiritan Center at Bethel Park for spiritual development and guidance.
July 2017-May 2018: Work 30 hours per week at your community site while living closer to the city of Pittsburgh.
Purpose of SYSP:
The Spiritan Year of Service Program is meant to be a challenging yet rewarding experience for new Duquesne graduates passionate about social justice and community engagement.