Campus Ministry

Peace and Justice

"Preach the gospel.
If necessary, use words."

-St. Francis of Assisi

Rooted in the peacemaking of St. Francis of Assisi and tenets of Catholic Social Teaching, Alvernia University is committed to promoting peace both locally and abroad.  Campus Ministry strives to bring awareness to Alvernia's campus of pressing issues in our world that threaten human dignity and peaceful co-existence.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to ask challenging questions, seek solutions for societal injustices, and demand peace in the face of violence and justice in the face of inequality.  Many programs are offered through Campus Ministry both to educate campus about issues of peace and justice and to empower others to take social action.


Past Events

March for Life

January 23, 2012

Go to the annual March for Life in Washington, DC and demonstrate the importance of protecting the unborn. For more information go to 

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Join Campus Ministry for a week of events to educate the Alvernia community about the realities of hunger and homelessness in Reading, the United States, and around the world.

  • Kennedy House Soup Kitchen
  • H&HAW Prayer Service
  • Hunger Banquet
  • Sleep Out
  • Food Stamped the Movie
  • Skip a Meal

School of the Americas (SOA) Protest   

Travel with Alvernia Campus Ministry to the gates of Fort Benning, GA, to join tens of thousands of others from across the nation to protest the School of the Americas (now called WHINSEC). The School of the Americas has been training Latin American soldiers for over 50 years, and its graduates have committed some of the worst atrocities in Latin American history, including the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the killings of the six Jesuits and their housekeepers in El Salvador, and the most recent coup d'etat in Honduras. Learn more about the SOA at

St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen

Stay in downtown Philadelphia for two nights while working at the St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen, founded and maintained by Franciscans and friends of Franciscans.  Unlike other soup kitchens, the St. Francis Inn is run like a restaurant, and students will have the opportunity to be waiters and waitresses for the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Don't miss this incredible, humbling opportunity!  

Romero Center in Camden, NJ

Spend a weekend with Campus Ministry at the Romero Center in Camden, NJ, learning about urban poverty in the United States. This weekend-long immersion in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the U.S. will not only educate students about the realities of poverty but also give them to opportunity to work with local service agencies and participate in guided reflections. For more information, visit


Peace and Justice

St. Francis Inn
Students at the St. Francis Inn

Matthew Works
"Homeless Man as a Work of Art"
by Matthew Works
Vigil for Haiti
Vigil for Haiti, February 2010

Alvernia students at the SOA Protest

Romero Center
Students at the Romero Center, April 2010

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