Partner Organization: Congregation of the Holy Cross in Santiago, Chile

Location: Santiago, Chile

Number of Students: 2 students

Dates: Flexible dates coordinated with Holy Cross staff

In person opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2022: To be determined

Additional information:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, if we are unable to deploy students in person, students will not be obligated to complete the ISSLP and may withdraw without penalty. For students wishing to continue with the ISSLP in virtual mode, ISSLP staff will work with them to be placed with a virtual international service option.

Participation Requirements: 

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement: Intermediate Spanish preferred. Spanish beginners are welcome to apply and are expected to take Spanish classes and/or attend tutoring language sessions during the spring semester 2022.
  • Gender Requirement: Males
  • Required Experience: None
  • Major Requirement: None
  • Student Minimum Age: None
  • Special Requirements: None
  • Other: None

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester.) 

  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • Holy Cross Orientation Session
  • Teaching/Working with Children Workshop
  • Self Defense

Site Description:   

The Congregation of Holy Cross went to Chile at the invitation of the Archbishop of Santiago to take over administration of Saint George’s College. The first three priests arrived from the United States on March 1, 1943, just in time for the school year.

Within three years of arriving, Holy Cross had expanded its work in Chile to include parish ministry in the poor neighborhood of Peñalolen, as well as outreach to abandoned children in Santiago and then later in Telegante. The Congregation’s efforts in these early decades were focused on increasing opportunities, especially educational access, for the poor.

In solidarity with the people of Chile, the Congregation continued ministering in the country during the military government of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Several members of the Congregation were arrested, tortured, and deported. The government also took over St. George’s College in September 1973. The school was only returned to Holy Cross in 1986. During these years, the Congregation took responsibility for Colegio Nuestra Señora de Andacollo, located in the older sector Central Santiago.

Today, the Congregation continues to administer St. George’s and Andacollo. Both colleges are known for their academic excellence and their strong faith formation, especially in terms of social justice and sacramental preparation. St. George’s, in particular, is perennially recognized as one of the best schools in the country.

In addition to still working at San Roque Parish in Peñalolen, Holy Cross administers two other parishes: Nuestra Señora de Andacollo, in the same area as the school, and Nuestra Señora de la Merced, in the Diocese of San Felipe. Also, through Fundación Moreau, the Congregation continues its work with abandoned children.

Chile is also home to an international house of formation for Holy Cross. Members of the Congregation from Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, and Chile are there completing their formation and preparing for ministry in the Church.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities: 

Notice: This is a new site for 2022. Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival/engagement.  

This site will be in person for summer 2022. Virtual opportunities are still being determined. 

ISSLP students will have the opportunity to support different activities at Fundacion Moreau, if interested in working with children, or any of the projects related to the elderly and people with disabilities that the Congregation supports at San Roque and Nuestra Señora de Andacollo parishes. There might be opportunities to teach and tutor at Colegio Nuestra Señora de Andacollo as well if students are interested in education.

Students are expected to participate fully in the spiritual and communal life of the Holy Cross priests in Santiago and are encouraged to share their unique gifts and talents in service of the people and mission of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.

Housing & Lodging Information: 

Students live in the Formation House with the Holy Cross priests and seminarians and live in community which includes sharing meals, prayer, and Mass together. While the priests are very hospitality oriented and welcoming, it is important for students to remember that they are guests in the priests’ home and should be respectful and helpful with household chores. Students are provided rooms with a bed, desk, and a small wardrobe. Meals are provided at the Formation House and are prepared by cooks who are employed by Holy Cross. This site can accommodate a vegetarian diet but students should be respectful of what is served to them if invited to visit school and parish families.  

For More Information:

Visit official Holy Cross Websites:

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection or orientation process.

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Upcoming Events

October 2021

Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Postgraduate Service Lunch | Alliance for Catholic Education
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

November 2021

Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Getting Something to Eat in Jackson
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Mini Postgraduate Service Fair
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Taste of PATH
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
Information Session | Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:00pm to 8:30pm
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Catholic Social Tradition (CST) Minor Brunch
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 11:30am
Higgins Film CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm
Virtues & Vocations Presents Howard Gardner: What is Good Work?
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

December 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm