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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."

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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?


University Ministry strives to make all of the immersion experiences affordable for every student. Please check back here once the application cycle is active to inquire about immersions costs.


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University Ministry will provide updates on opportunities like the one on this page as they become available.