“Love God, serve God; everything is in that.”
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Serve God

To embody Christ’s message in our lives, we are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and visit the sick and imprisoned. Jesus calls us to leave the comfort of our safety nets and to seek out the marginalized in our society that we may provide them with the spiritual and temporal necessities they need. We desire to embrace all humanity with the dignity they deserve.

Want to get involved with service initiatives at the Catholic Center? Contact Fr. Joe, OFM Conv. by email.

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Alternative Spring Break

During this 2021–2022 academic year, the USC Caruso Catholic Center will sponsor four service immersion trips! Three (3) will be taking place during spring break 2022 and one (1) during summer break 2022. We will be encountering Christ in one another and the people that we were working in solidarity. To learn more, please contact the coordinator for each respective trip.

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Community Service Opportunities

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right where you are.” This sentiment underlies the community outreach opportunities at the Caruso Catholic Center.

If you feel God is calling you to extend your hand to your neighbors in Los Angeles, then please join fellow Catholic Trojans in outreach ministry. For more information, email Sr. Kathy Schneider.

Opportunities include: tutoring, mentoring college-bound high schoolers, catechesis, work with the homeless, responding to food insecurity, and ministering to senior adults.

Find the sick, the suffering & the lonely right where you are- Mother Theresa Contact Sr. Kath for info on Community Service Opportunities
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Detention Ministry

Join us for Mass at a juvenile detention facility and help facilitate faith-themed discussions. You must be at least 21 to participate in this ministry.

To participate, please print and complete this VISTO application with a blue or black pen. Leave "Group Program Name" blank. For "Probation Facility," write Central Juvenile Hall, for "Group Program Manager," write Janne Shirley, use phone number (310) 489.0624, and leave "Advisor" blank. You may leave the FBO section blank. Send your completed paperwork (the original copy) via USPS to:

Central Juvenile Hall
Attention: Catholic Chaplain Janne Shirley
1605 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

You will receive a call from the Probation Department within a couple of weeks. When joining us at Central Juvenile Hall, please refrain from wearing shorts or open-toed shoes, and remember to bring a photo ID. For questions, contact us via email.

Homeless Ministry

USC Homeless Ministry provides students the opportunity to serve those who are without homes on Skid Row through empowering outreach. Students will meet in Newman Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and head directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Cardinal Manning Center. The Cardinal Manning Center offers a comprehensive program for homeless men transitioning off the streets into housing through intensive case management services. Students will get to know the homeless through packing sack lunches, serving dinner, and bringing encouragement and friendship to patrons at the CMC. Homeless Ministry will resume during the 2021–2022 school year. If you have any questions about this ministry at the moment,  Contact Fr. Joe, OFM Conv. via email.

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OneLife LA

We join together with OneLife LA each year to make a statement about treating all life with dignity and respect. This special walk through downtown Los Angeles brings together over 5,000 people to celebrate the sacredness of life at every stage.

Social Justice Team

At the USC Caruso Catholic Center, we offer various ways to learn about Catholic Social Teaching, both intellectually and through service. Our Social Justice Team conducts several amazing projects and programs designed to benefit the lives of our fellow man.

We welcome all who wish to serve. Learn more about our service programs below, and then email us for more information about serving with us at the Catholic Center.

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