Monday, August 5, 2019 at 12:00 AM EDT
Friday, August 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM EDT

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The Dwelling Place Monastery 
150 Mt. Tabor Rd.
Martin, KY 41649

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Deacon Paul Bork 
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers 

Appalachia Summer Immersion Trip

Laudato Si - Connecting the Local and Global

August 5 - 9, 2019


What do orange water, coal dust and American chestnut tree seedlings have to do with Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter Laudato Si ? Join us from August 5 - 9 on our annual immersion trip / pilgrimage to the holy land of Appalachia to find out. We will spend 5 days in the eastern Kentucky region of Appalachia learning about the natural and human ecology there, including the effects of extraction industries on the land and the people. We'll also meet and learn from those local grass roots activists who work to restore the health of God's creation. Our trip is in collaboration with Glenmary missioner Fr. John Rausch who has lived and ministered in Appalachia for decades and is an expert on the issues there.

Immersion Trip includes:

  • Pre-trip orientation
  • On-site introduction to the cultural, economic, and spiritual realities in Appalachia from leaders of the community
  • Areas demonstrating the effects of mining, and mining reclamation
  • Practical simplicity: living off of the grid
  • Opportunities to learn from community redevelopment projects
  • Visit to a church inspired health clinic which treats the uninsured of the region
  • Post trip debriefing and reflection

We will collaborate with our trip guide, Glenmary Missioner Fr. John Rausch who has served in Appalachia for over 40 years

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Estimated costs: $650.00 - includes room, breakfasts, lunches and transportation.  Dinners are the responsibility of the participants.  We will begin the trip in Lexington, KY and travel through the nearby Appalachian region.  Participants are responsible for their travel to and from Lexington, KY.

For more information contact:

Deacon Paul Bork | Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers | pbork@maryknoll.org or 716-796-8919