Total Ignatian Experience (T.I.E.)

 

The T.I.E. program provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and families to participate in week long, immersion or service trips during the summer. Experiences are also available in January for seniors only. The Total Ignatian Experiences are built on the four pillars of service, community, simplicity, and prayer.

Kansas City

Appalachia

St. Louis

Tijuana

Guatemala

Harvest Food Drive

Mission Week

 

A word from Mr. Greg Harkness '82, principal:
To give and not to count the cost is a constant refrain here at Rockhurst.  Nowhere is this more evident than our young alum program on TIE. Young alums are invited to return to the Rock and serve as young adult chaperones for any TIE trip.  In the summer of 2015, Patrick Reintjes '14 and James Mayer '14 joined 18 rising seniors as part of TIE Tijuana. As principal I am gratified that our young alums continue their commitment to be in service to others.  Why would a young alum join us?  Here are their words.  

"There's a reason that I've gone back and a reason that I want to keep going back. It's because it reminds me that the simple things are what truly makes us happy.  It's nice to be so fortunate to have been born where I was raised and have a great family, but seeing the 'richness' of the Mexican people is truly something that cannot be explained with words. The joy in helping people is great, but the joy in helping people happier than myself is even greater.  Even though they may have less material things, than us, they have so much more that's irreplaceable."
-James Mayer
Class of 2014 
University of Arkansas

"Returning to Tijuana was an opportunity I could not pass up. It gave me an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the people of Tijuana. The only way for us to be able to truly help someone is for us to understand them. We need to understand their hopes and dreams and, more importantly, what is stopping them from achieving them. That is the opportunity TIE Tijuana provides. The thing that amazes me most is that a group of teenagers from Kansas City can travel to Tijuana - a vastly different city - and realize that their hopes are largely the same as the people of Tijuana's hopes; the only meaningful difference is birthplace. I think the TIE experience is less about the tangible service that is done than the knowledge that is gained. What I experienced in Tijuana will always, consciously or subconsciously, affect the way I think and the way I act. Tangible change is a result of a collective change in thinking."
-Patrick Reintjes
Class of 2014
St. Louis University

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