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  •  Earthquake Update from Philippines

    Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

    Greetings from Manila,
    As you may have heard, there was a recent earthquake off affecting the islands of Cebu and Negros, Philippines on February 6 2012.  A tsunami alert was issued for residents of the coastal regions of Cebu and Negros, but lifted at 2:30pm February 6.  
    We, in Quezon City (Metro Manila), which is 356 miles north of the epicenter, are safe. 
    As always, we will continue to monitor for student safety.

    ~Casa Bayanihan

    Read news about the earthquake

  •  Mabuhay!!

    Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

    Mabuhay! / Welcome!

    A great group is ready to start an experience in the Philippines!

  •  A New Semester

    Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

    Casa de la Solidaridad is starting a new semester. Students have arrived in El Salvador... ¡Bienvenidos al 'Pulgarcito de América'!! / Welcome to the 'Tom Thumb of the Americas'!

    This semester we have 19 students from 13 universities in the U.S.

    We are glad with their presence. Let's start a new educational experience!

    Check out this gallery.

  •  America Magazine

    Monday, Jan. 16, 2012
    Katie Dorner with some kids from Las Nubes, a Salvadoran community.

      America Magazine published a great reflection that Katie Dorner (Casa student Fall '11) gave at the despedida Mass last month. Please, check it out!


    Read article on America Magazine web



  •  What does it mean to feel?

    Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

    A sample of how the local communities are one of the most important aspects of the immersion experience. Casa Educational Network offers a unique opportunity in the praxis sites, students find both friends and teachers who give them first-hand knowledge of reality.  Check out this video by Lindsey Weston (Casa Student Fall '11) !!!


  •  Broken Hearts

    Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

    "Have the courage to listen.
    Have the courage to receive.
    Have the courage to let your heart be broken...
    Have the courage to feel.
    Have the courage to fall in love.
    Have the courage to get ruined for life.
    Have the courage to make a friend.
    ~Dean Brackley, SJ

    Casa students had the courage to let their hearts be broken. That's why is so hard to say goodbye in El Salvador & the Philippines.

    Students waiting for their guests at the final celebration in El Salvador.
  •  Gratitude for Dean Brackley, SJ

    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

    On October 16, 2011 Fr. Dean, friend and 'compañero' of Casa de la Solidaridad, was called to the presence of God.  This is both a time of suffering and joy, as we deeply miss him and continue to celebrate his life and presence that remains with us. Dean collaborated in numerous ways with the founding of the Casa, which would not have been possible without him. Words are not adequate to express our gratitude for Dean’s life. To celebrate his presence among us, we would like to share some photos from his time with the program.  We carry with us always his commitment to solidarity and justice. “Sigues con nosotros” father, professor, friend, brother, ‘compañero en solidaridad’…Dean.


  •  Interview: Grace Carlson

    Friday, Aug. 26, 2011

    Angela O'Donnell from the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies interviewed Grace Carlson about Casa de la Solidaridad and Casa Bayanihan.

    Watch full interview here


  •  Casa Bayanihan is open!

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011
    An historic first semester with this amazing group of students.

    Casa Bayanihan has started an historic first semester! Students arrived in the Philippines this week!!! We’re glad for their presence and we are sure they'll enjoy this new educational experience.


  •  My Experience in El Salvador

    Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011


    Gary Wolf, Father of Michael Wolf Spring 2011
    My main reason for visiting my son Michael in El salvador at the Casa program was somewhat selfish. I wanted to put my arms around him, see that he was well, and safe, and to to tell him that I missed him.
    I did all that, but soon realized that I had missed the "bigger picture" of why he was there. Mike had told me before I arrived that this was a life changing experience for him. I soon saw why. 
    Attending class with the students, I was able to see that the history, stories and struggles of an evolving culture of oppressed people, were teaching the students how to live through determination, faith and love.
    Textbooks and journals play a definite role in the education of the students, but guest speakers provide historical experiences and perspectives of a very dramatic and brave history that is more like a "living book". It created an introspective look at life and social injustice that would leave you speechless.
    And then there's Sister Peggy. With a lifetime of hands-on experience working with the Salvadoran people, she unravels theology and helps you to think about, and understand, the meaning of God, without a biased agenda. Enlightening, challenging and absolutely thought provoking. She is a brilliant scholar but also a regular person.
    The students' accompaniment at the praxis sites gives authenticity to the program, by creating a bond between each student and the family they spend time with. I'm not qualified to describe the experiences that the students gain from their participation with the families, but I did observe a spirituality and love that has found a forever place in their hearts. I can say that my son Michael has learned to examine his own life and to better understand how to be more truthful to himself and compassionate to others.
    The students in this program seem to gel so well together. I'm not sure if the Casa program helps make that happen, or that the caliber of students who choose to participate in this program are just special. I have to believe it's a combination of both. 
    We were fortunate to be able to participate in a vigil for Archbishop Oscar Romero, honoring the anniversary of his assassination. All of the students, the families visiting them, and their university leaders and instructors took part in a city-wide celebration of his impact on the people of San Salvador. A very moving experience for all.
    Michael is already exploring other worthwhile programs like the Casa de la Solidaridad experience.