“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 Anthony by email.

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Help the USC Caruso Catholic Center bring a merry Christmas to local families in need through the LA Archdiocese Program: Adopt-A-Family. To get involved, grab a gift tag from our Adopt-A-Family tree in the back of the church and follow the directions on the tag. Return your unwrapped gift to the Catholic Center by Monday, December 3. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Joseph by email.

Alternative Spring Break

The USC Caruso Catholic Center will be sponsoring five service immersion trips this upcoming spring break 2019!

Join us as we encounter Christ in one another and the people that we will be working in solidarity with in the following locations:

  • New York City, New York
  • Tijuana, Mexico
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Northern Ireland (FOCUS Greek Missions)
  • Lima, Peru (FOCUS Medical Missions)

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Scholarships are available.

Questions? Please feel free to email Tricia.

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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. The group will head back to campus at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joseph Bustamante.

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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.

SCatholic Youth Initiative

The goal of the SCatholic Youth Initiative Program is to strengthen the academic achievement and personal growth of at-risk, inner-city students. The program does this through the provision of community volunteers in a safe and supportive environment, while also helping college students grow closer to Christ through encounters in service. Any and all are welcome if you need service hours. We are happy to announce that we are expanding beyond tutoring to coaching and other extracurricular activities such as robotics, gardening, academic decathlons, etc. If you’d like to help with any of these activities, please email Sara.

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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.