Advocacy Immersion

This summer, join the Columbans in Washington, D.C to learn about how you can become a better advocate for social justice.

During this retreat-like experience, you will learn how to bring the good news of peace and justice to policymakers in government and to leaders in your local communities. By participating in the Columban Center's "Advocacy Immersion Program," you will:

  • Deepen your spirituality in the Columban tradition and through Catholic social teaching.*
  • Expand your knowledge of the Columban's four priority issue areas.
  • ​​Equip yourself with the tools for advocacy and community organizing that you'll need to make positive change in the world.

After participating in this program, you'll be able to return to your community to help work for peace and justice. You'll have the tools and the community you'll need to implement an effective advocacy strategy.

*Though this program makes frequent use of Catholic social teaching as a foundation for our work, participants from any faith tradition, or no faith tradition, are welcome to apply. 

​2018 Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Program Dates: Saturday, July 28 to Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Age Range: 18 to 30
  • Cost: $250.00*
    • *Similar to a "mission trip," the Columban Center asks that participants fundraise a portion of the cost of the program. We believe this is an excellent opportunity to get your faith or other community involved in your trip. If you would like to brainstorm fundraising ideas with our office, please feel free to contact Wesley Cocozello at

Questions about the advocacy immersion program? Email Wesley Cocozello at

While in DC, you will...

  • participate in daily reflections on themes of justice and compassion;
  • hear from missionaries about their experiences working for justice in countries around the world;
  • attend workshops and seminars for skills related to advocacy, social work, politics, and community organizing;
  • meet with your Members of Congress and tour different offices in the government;
  • get inspired by community projects and offices across the city, like cooperative farms and media agencies.

Program Logistics

  • The Columban Center will pay for each participant's airfare to and from Washington, D.C.
  • Housing near the Columban Center offices, as well as meals, will be provided. Participants may have to share a room.
  • Participants are expected to bring enough clothes and toiletries for seven days.
  • Fare for public transportation will be provided.
  • Free time is built into the program; however, participants are expected to pay for any expenses incurred during free time.