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Fall BreakOut Trip

St. Louis: From Father Tolton to Ferguson

toltonferg.pngOctober 14-17, 2023

Cost:  $350


Students and a reflection leader will explore the rich history of St. Louis, MO and the surrounding areas, hosted by St Christopher’s Journeys.  This BreakOut will visit sites from the past and present day, through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, focused on race relations in the US.  This will include a visit to the Father Augustus Tolton’s birthplace, tomb and other historical sites. Tolton, a former enslaved person, was the first Roman Catholic priest in the United States publicly known to be black when he was ordained in 1886.  The group will also attend the Mary Meachum Music Festival, visit the St Louis Basilica, the Arch, the Dred Scot Memorial.  They will spend time in Ferguson, MO, visit with women transitioning from incarceration, and visit a Marianist High School. Participants do not have to be Catholic to gain from this great opportunity. 

Students ay Memorial of Sharecroppers Strike


Apply Now! Registration will close on September 22, 2023. 

This trip will fill on a first come-first serve basis. If it is full, you can still apply and be put on a waiting list.

The cost of the trip covers transportation, lodging, and most food. Plan on bringing some spending money for snacks and other needs along the way. Some funds have been set aside for partial scholarships based on need (contact Mary Niebler for scholarship requests). Full payment for BreakOut trip is due October 1. If payment is not received by then or we haven’t discussed a payment plan, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after October 1.

If you would like more information about this or any other BreakOut trips or Summer Immersions, contact Mary Niebler

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a COVID-19 vaccine be required?

We follow the vaccination requirements of the University and St. Christopher's Journeys. Currently, there are no requirements, but it is strongly recommended. For more information, please contact Mary Niebler.

How do we travel?

This BreakOut group will travel together to and from Salyersville, KY via Campus Ministry vehicle (12 passenger van, minivan, or car).

It is important that our groups travel together. There are occasional exceptions to this, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students who are comfortable and able will help with the driving, after completing a safety course through the university. All university-certified drivers will be covered under UD’s insurance.

Who is in charge?

All of our Domestic BreakOut groups are led by at least one, oftentimes 2-4, designated leaders. Leaders are experienced and trained students, staff or faculty. The leader is trained in emergency protocols and is there to work through emotional, spiritual, and physical struggles with the students. They will also provide valuable reflection and processing of the experience with the group.

Our trips are also hosted by trusted organizations, who serve as transportation, guides, local experts and general hospitality. Over the years, we have built long-standing, trusted relationships with these organizations and individuals.

We do view all students over the age of 18 as adults. Therefore, they are responsible for signing release forms and waivers for these trips. We strongly encourage students to share all information they are learning with their families.

What if I can’t afford the whole cost of the trip?

It is our goal that these experiences are open to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. We will work with you in a variety of ways to make this trip a possibility. We are happy to set up a payment plan or a reduced price to make it work.

What happens if there is an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, our group leaders will follow the proper protocol. Campus offices such as Public Safety, Campus Ministry, Environmental Health and Safety/ Risk Management, and the Counseling Center are on hand for our groups, even when off campus. Also, our local host organizations are equipped and willing to help in emergency situations.

Our leaders and campus offices have students’ emergency contact information and will notify those contacts if deemed necessary.

Who should my parents or I contact if we have a question?

You or your parents may contact Mary Niebler, Coordinator of Cross-cultural Immersions in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concerns with any questions.

The REAL Dayton: Reaching, Encountering, Acting, Leading!

October 13-17, 2023

Cost: 20.00

The REAL Dayton is a 3-day experience during Fall Break that guides students to Reach out, Encounter Dayton, Act for others and Lead together. It is a great opportunity to find out who your Dayton neighbors are, give back to your local community, get to know other UD students, and continue to grow as a leader and team player. During the program you and other UD students will have the chance to serve, learn, reflect, and socialize right here in Dayton.

Details and registration


Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
CSC Website