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Spiritan Year of Service Program

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APPLICATIONS CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE. Applications for the 2019-20 service year are due on February 8th 2019

Not sure what to do after gradation? Want to spend a year growing as a person while serving the local community? Check out the 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.

For questions, email Luci-Jo DiMaggio: dimaggi171@duq.edu

Past SYSP participants Lydia Presper and Liz Keller

Past SYSP participants Lydia Presper and Liz Keller