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2019 Trips

March for Life, January 2019 - Andrea Arredondo
Campus Ministry traveled with 30 STA students to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the rights of the unborn. In addition to the March, the STA group also attended a Students for Life conference, toured the National Basilica, and reflected with one another on the full meaning of being pro-life.
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Los Angeles Service Trip Spring Break , March 2019 - Andrea Arredondo, Jenny Greene and Barbara McCormick
The Campus Ministry and Theology Department spent a week in Los Angeles partaking in the greater Sisters of St. Joseph family. They served with nonprofit organizations founded by and affiliated with the Sisters, who have always sought to love God and the dear neighbor without distinction. The group served in a homeless shelter, toured Homeboy Industries, and met with other young women who attend a Sisters of St. Joseph School. Together, they celebrated the feast day of St. Joseph. 
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Peru Trip , May 2019 - Maria Laura Lopez Gonzales, Andrea Arredondo, Maria Angeles Garcia Gil, Robert Pherigo
STA's Campus Ministry, Music, and Spanish Departments partnered to take students on an eight-day tour of Peru. The group traveled to Lima and Cusco; explored one of the seven wonders of the world: the amazing Machu Picchu; experienced Peruvian culture through language, geography, weaving demonstrations, food, music & dance; and engaged in two days of service in a small mountain community. The students were able to help this community of women to build a weaving center.
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CSSJ Student Leadership Conference in Chicago, June 2019 - Jenny Greene
Jenny Greene and ten students flew to Chicago to attend the Fifth Annual CSSJ Leadership Conference. They met with four other CSJ schools from Chicago, Cleveland, Baton Rouge and Philadelphia to study the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and to discover how to live unifying love as leaders in their own communities. They also served at the Chicago St. Vincent de Paul Society and got to spend a day in the city to see the sights.
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A Tale of Two Cities Study Abroad, June 2019 - Dr. Stephen Himes, Librarian Carrie Jacquin, MA/MS, and Theater Director Shana Prentiss, MA
Students read A Tale of Two Cities during the school year, and during Interim Week they read Claire Tomalin's biography of Dickens, Oliver Twist, and then were given a prompt: What is History? How do we know what we think we know about the French Revolution? During the trip, students followed learning activities to understand how Dickens wrote his historical fiction, the social conditions in London that influenced Dickens' view of the French Revolution, and the actual history of the French Revolution itself. The students investigated Dickens' original handwritten manuscripts at the Victoria and Albert Museum; engaged in an all-day learning session at the Dickens Museum, concluding with the actor Dominic Gerrard performing Dickens' own script he used to promote A Tale of Two Cities; took a trip to the British Film Library to learn about how the French Revolution has been portrayed on stage and screen; enjoyed several tours by Blue Badge guides geared toward our project; and participated in other intensive, hands-on, authentic research. During the evening, cultural and entertainment around the two cities were enjoyed: leaning against the stage in the Groundlings Pit for The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe after an acting session with a member of the company (the group was even mentioned in a review of the play as "part of the show"!), experiencing the English National Opera's Hansel and Gretel at the Open Air Theatre at Regents Park, Top Girls at the National Theatre; and Les Miserables the night before the train to Paris, after a learning session at the Prince of Wales Theatre where part of the production team taught us how they used the historical record to block the famous barricade scene.
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CSJ Student Exchange Trip Le Puy France, June 2019 - Jennifer Petree and Barbara McCormick
Students were immersed in the French culture while living with host families from our sister school in Le Puy. This exchange inspired students to discover the roots of the Academy’s founders. Visiting the kitchen where the Sisters of St. Joseph began their service to the dear neighbor in 1650. They learned about bobbin lace making and how this trade helped many women out of poverty. Students hiked several miles of the El Camino as part of their spiritual journey, which allowed them to reflect upon the pilgrimage made by six young women who vowed to bring the charisms of the Sisters of St. Joseph to America. St. Teresa’s Academy and the St. Joseph School in Le Puy En Velay strive for “unity” by bridging the two school communities through this international partnership.
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Italy/Greece Trip, June 2019 - Robin Good and Sue Marquis
Led by Sue Marquis, retired Latin teacher, Robin Good, theology teacher, and Alexandra Greathouse, STA alumna, 24 students and parents traveled to Greece and Rome on a nine-day trip featuring the culture and landmarks of the ancients. The group visited the Parthenon in Athens and the archeological site of Delphi, Greece. Traveling via ferry to Italy, the group toured sites such as the archeological site of Pompeii; the Roman Colosseum and Forum; the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; the Church of Santa Croce; the Duomo; and the Accademia, featuring Michelangelo’s David in Florence.
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Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, June 2019 - Alicia Stewart and Casey O’Flaherty
Fifteen students traveled with Social Studies teachers Alicia Stewart, Anne Papineau, and Casey O’Flaherty to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand this June.  Their adventures in Southeast Asia began in Ho Chi Minh City where they took in the Vietnam war tunnels, War Remnants Museum, and the sites of the city, including the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame.  Students also took in the culture on a Mekong River cruise with stops in a local village. Their next stop was Siem Reap, Cambodia, where they explored the ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Keo, and Ta Prohm.  Their travels continued on to Bangkok, Thailand where they visited Wat Pho and experienced the morning chants of the Buddhist monks. They also toured the Grand Palace in Bangkok and explored the local flower markets where they learned how to fold lotus flowers.  Their exploration of history continued with a trip to Kanchanaburi to learn about the Bridge over the River Kwai. Their trip included a visit south to Hua Hin to enjoy a beach day along the gulf of Thailand. This adventure explored the complex history, religions, and cultures of Southeast Asia.
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Pilgrimage Trip to Italy , June 2019 - Kelly Fast
STA students and parents put on their pilgrim shoes in Italy this summer to embark on a Catholic tradition unlike any other. Experiential Education Coordinator Kelly Fast and the Director of Faith Formation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Michael Sanem explored the intersection of faith, family, culture, and community in Rome, Florence, Siena, and Cinque Terre. In addition to visiting the most important Catholic and cultural sites in Rome and Florence, the pilgrimage centered on the Palio di Siena, the 800-year-old horse race run through the city center in honor of the Blessed Mother, whose intercession is credited with saving the city. Students became immersed in the Catholic culture and Contrade, or neighborhoods, of Siena, with behind the scenes tours, dinners with the local neighborhoods, and the exhilarating horse race as its finale.
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