Christ has no body now on earth but yours

Teresa of Ávila

Sheil Catholic Center Mission Trips are a great opportunity to put your faith into action by serving underprivileged people around the world.  It is also a chance to learn about another culture; grow in your personal faith journey; understand and integrate the principles of Catholic Social Teaching; and to share what you have learned with the Sheil community.

For more information on any of these Service Trips, contact Tim Higgins at or (847) 328-4648.

For eleven consecutive years, the Sheil Catholic Center has sponsored a trip to Cusmapa, Nicaragua in collaboration with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation. Experienced student leaders and staff guide their peers in a week-long mission of service and learning. Our primary work includes ongoing construction projects at the Fabretto Center in Cusmapa and participation in the various music and sports programs. Students will also have a chance to visit and learn about local fair trade cooperatives where residents grow coffee, make baskets, and sell jewelry. Evenings are reserved for prayer and reflection, and there is typically a day of sight-seeing at the end of the trip.








You’ve heard about economic challenges in Detroit – its 60% drop in population over the last half century, its manufacturing jobs being outsourced, its infrastructure collapses, and its economic state of emergency. But do you know about Detroit’s advent of economic and community development? This Martin Luther King weekend students from the Sheil Catholic Center will have the opportunity to hear the stories of community leaders making a difference in Detroit. This service-learning trip will use the fundamental tenets of Catholic Social Teaching to enter into a greater understanding and appreciation for the grassroots work being done in Detroit and in our own communities. We will explore the effects of the large scale redevelopment of Detroit’s downtown (the 7.2 Sq Mi redevelopment initiative) on Detroit’s urban communities beyond the 7.2, while rooting our experience in valuing the human person, the dignity of work, care for creation, and a regard for the call to community and participation.

Hurricane Katrina was thirteen years ago, and today, an estimated 6,000 families still own storm-damaged homes that they cannot afford to rebuild. There are over 100 families on a waiting list in New Orleans – all of them homeowners who still cannot afford to rebuild their homes. The reasons vary from contractor fraud (60%) to insufficient insurance payouts to forced mortgage payoffs to medical issues and other unforeseen circumstances. Be a part of the Sheil team to help people return home. Join the ASB service trip to New Orleans. For more information please contact Tim Higgins, Campus Minister, at or (847) 328-4648 or our student leader, Paul Curtis at


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Associates’ Mission Trip – West Tallahatchie, Mississippi. Meet your fellow associates, learn basic home construction, and provide meaningful service to an impoverished community in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The cost is $340 per person and space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Perry at (847)-673-0121 or by email: Sheil’s Associates’ Habitat for Humanity Trip takes place in West Tallahatchie, Mississippi. While our primary objective is to build homes for the impoverished, we also immerse ourselves in the neighborhood and its people to learn about their poverty and struggle make a better life. In addition to home construction, we also help out at local schools, community and community health centers. For more information or to support the Associates’ Service Trip, please contact Mike Perry at