Experience the rich cultural heritage of Appalachia as you come together with college students from across the country for a week of home repair, community building, faith sharing and simple living. Nazareth Farm is located in beautiful rural West Virginia and has hosted high school and college groups for service retreats since 1979. A typical day involves morning chores, community meals, prayer, going out to work sites to assist low-income residents with home repair, and fun social time in the evening. 

"Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-related experience. We are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer and service. We serve alongside our neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. We celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between our volunteers and the local community."

For more information about Nazareth Farm please visit: http://www.nazarethfarm.org/about-us/

We will live in community with one another, and reflect each day on these experiences. We do this so that we can grow and learn tools to change the world. The goal is not the experience itself, but what we draw from it. As St. Catherine of Siena famously said, "If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire." Can this week be the spark for you?


Because of housing, food, transportation, and program costs, these immersions require significant funding. University Ministry is able to subsidize a portion of the cost, but not all. We will be accepting students in two groups. Early acceptance students will apply by Friday, February 15, 2019 and deposit $200. Regular acceptance participants will apply by Friday, March 15, 2019 and deposit $250. We ask that all participants commit to working with the other ABI participants and leaders to fundraise a total of $6,000 through letter writing. Family, friends, professors, former teachers, etc., want to support you in your ambitions and in your service. We will give you the tools and confidence to ask for their support. Once accepted, more details will follow about making your deposit and the letter writing campaign.

University Ministry understands that the cost of these trips can be prohibitive to some students. We strongly encourage students in this situation to make an appointment with Claudia Guzman (cguzman@dom.edu or Mazz North 298 D) to create a payment plan and/or apply for a scholarship.

Program Dates

Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18, 2019.

This trip will be to Salem, West Virginia. 

Early Application deadline for Summer 2019 is Friday, February 15, 2019

Regular Application deadline for Summer 2019 is Friday, March 15, 2019

Post-Acceptance Commitments
  • Attend two pre-trip meetings to give context to what the trip encompasses and systems at play in the lives of the residents of Appalachia.
  • Attend a Team Building and Orientation event
  • The times for these meetings are TBD.

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