What is Service Learning?

All of our programs are modeled after the three legs of service learning: service, education and reflection.

Program Offerings & Retreats

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Immersion Retreats

Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, overnight immersion retreats include service opportunities, educational experiences to learn about social justice issues, reflection, and prayer for faith-based groups. The Ozanam Center offers immersion retreats that could last three days up to six days. Our retreats can be customized to your group’s needs or desired outcomes.

Program components include:

  • Service: encounter with neighbors in need and serving the Cincinnati community
  • Education: activities to help understand the struggles of our neighbors, such as the Poverty Simulation or SNAP cooking challenge
  • Reflection: to process these experiences, we will journal and have small group discussions
  • Prayer: for faith-based groups, we will have morning and evening prayer focused on a theme of Catholic Social Teaching

We require at least eight participants, and two chaperones for high school groups. We welcome schools to combine retreats to increase participant numbers!

Simulations & Workshops

The Ozanam Center offers workshops and simulations designed to help groups better understand the realities of our neighbors in need. We offer our in-house Cincinnati Poverty Simulation, poverty workshops, race and identity workshops, and workshops specific to youth.


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Confirmation Retreats

Confirmation retreats are a day of service, reflection and prayer focused on living out our faith through service of our neighbor.

The five-hour retreat includes:

  • Prayer and reflection on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit,
  • Service in our Neyer Outreach Center,
  • A Scripture walk through the neighborhood,
  • Take a Step activity to learn about poverty,
  • And a “letter to self” to reflect on the day.


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