Good Works


"Good Works" provides a  week-long urban immersion in the historic City of Philadelphia.
During the day volunteers will engage students of various cultures at inner-city schools established and serviced by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Evenings will be spent doing a variety of other activities— learning more about justice issues (locally and globally), serving a meal at a shelter, and time for prayer/reflection.

"Hearing other people's stories, whether it was the children I was working with, the principal, the teachers, the sisters, the men at the shelter, or one of my companions—everyone has a unique story and I think we can use that to learn from each other." 

In order for our actions of service to change us there must be an element of reflection. How is God calling me deeper through this act of service? There are various times throughout the week for prayer and reflection on the daily experiences.

"The reflection aspect was probably my favorite. I gained insight when listening to others' experiences and sharing my own."

Students are housed in the Spirituality Center of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Chestnut Hill.

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“It was great being able to pray and reflect together as well as bond with each other during our free time. Living in a community for the week has also helped me discover the different gifts that each of us have & how we can use those gifts to strengthen each other.” -2012 Good Works Participant




"I have come to the realization that in order to develop spiritually, I have to perform service. Before, I felt stuck but I feel like I have finally moved forward & discovered I love service." -Good Works Participant


“I learned a great deal about myself, the city of Philadelphia and my relationship with God. I definitely want to continue doing service after I go home.”



For more information:
Sister Julie Fertsch
9701 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2694Phone: 215-248-7235