The Blessed Edmund Rice Solidarity Initiative (BERSI) is a collection of travel-based educational service and immersion programs facilitated by Campus Ministry.

Led by CM faculty and staff, each program offers students a profound opportunity to immerse themselves in a global community, build meaningful relationships with their fellow trip members and the people of their host community, while also reflecting on the role of faith and God in their life.


Enlivened by the spirit of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, each trip will cultivate a reflective faith-sharing community amongst students, and include elements of education and advocacy for peace, social justice, global awareness, and stewardship. The program empowers our students to put their faith-in-action, and to develop the sense of compassion and responsibility that is essential to stand in solidarity with those marginalized by poverty and injustice.

Each BERSI trip program has three mandatory components:
1. Two pre-trip reflection meetings to prepare for the trip.
2. The trip program itself.
3. Two post-trip meetings where students will create a group Advocacy project to share an aspect of their trip experience with the CM community

If you have any question related to the BERSI program, please contact Mr. Michael Dermody, director of Campus Ministry, at MichaelDermody@CatholicMemorial.org.



Travel Itinerary: Lima, Peru



“On the trip, boys open their minds and their hearts to what they encounter in Peru — dire poverty, the joys and struggles of the people of Peru, encounters with the face of Christ in those we serve. Students reflect on how they might bring this experience back to CM and their lives at home.

Kevin Durazo

Vice Principal of Mission Integration



BERSI Trips



Brownsville, TX

Solidarity with those marginalized by poverty and injustice; the immigrant experience.


Washington, D.C.

Sanctity of Life — March for Life


Lima, Peru

Serving the Poor and Marginalized: Christian Brothers Missions in Latin America


Philadelphia

“Hungerfest”: Serving the poor and marginalized in urban areas

Wyoming: Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

Care for God's Creation

About Us

Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.

CATHOLIC MEMORIAL SCHOOL

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Phone: 617-469-8000
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