Service
“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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Dominican Republic
Los Angeles

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

If you are interested in learning more about Detention Ministry and how you can get involved, please email Sr. Kathy.

Homeless Ministry

Join with other Trojans for the monthly Saturday trip to St. Francis Center on Hope St. and Washington in Los Angeles. We will meet at the Catholic Center at 8:00 a.m. and return around noon. We assist in meal distribution and preparing pantry boxes for families experiencing food insecurity. Dates for the spring semester are January 15, February 26, March 5, and April 16. Please contact Sister Kathy if you would like to join.

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OneLife LA

We join 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. On Saturday, January 22, 2022, join fellow Catholic Trojans and Archbishop José Gomez at La Placita/Olvera Street for the annual OneLife LA. Register below to hear inspiring speakers, listen to live entertainment (featuring our Director of Worship, Francis Cabildo), enjoy food trucks, and view exhibits from community organizations serving those in need.

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 brothers and sisters.

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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