Tailoring classes are fully incorporated in the curriculum at Ocer Campion, to give students vocational skills they need.
Sweepstakes for Scholarships at Ocer Campion in Gulu
Nearly 30,000 Northern Ugandanchildren were abducted and thousandsmore people maimed or killed by rebelsof the so-called Lord’s Resistance Armyled by Joseph Kony. Nearly everything intheir lives had been broken down—culture,family life,morale and morality, health,economy, and education. Now that peacehas come to the region for the first timesince 2007, education is the key for a successful post conflict transition as it helpspeople break free of cycles of violence andsuffering.
In the midst of this destruction, one such institution stands. Founded in 2010, Ocer Campion Jesuit College educates over 500 high school students in the Gulu province in northern Uganda. Father Tony Wach, a Jesuit of the Wisconsin Province, serves as president of the school and hopes to accommodate up to 1,200 boys and girls at this boarding school. Liberal arts and vocational schooling is offered to promote self-reliance as well as respect for the manual arts and the related trades. Many of the students still bear psychic wounds from the abductions, loss of family members, the harshness of life in the camps, or present poverty.
Sam Wadsworth, a junior at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, spent a week at Ocer Campion as part of a cultural exchange program. “From the minute I met the students, I knew that it was no ordinary school. The hard work and determination radiating from the young men and women I met is one of the most impressive things I have encountered,” said Wadsworth. “Many of the students described their situations and feared they might not be able to return to school due to lack of funds. This upset me.” Inspired by #GivingTuesday, Sam teamed up with “DJ Skee” and Dash Radio in Los Angeles to launch a sweepstakes on Facebook and YouTube where anyone who donated $20 or more had a chance to win a trip to the Skee Lodge in Los Angeles and be interviewed on the air by Sam and DJ Skee about their interest in helping students at Ocer Campion. Over $4,200 has been raised through the “DJ Skee for Ocer Campion Sweepstakes” Facebook page and the Midwest Jesuits giving page at http://connect.jesuitsmidwest.org/ocer
January 17, 2018 — “If I saw You on the street / and You said come and follow me…” These words from the song “You Can Have Me” by Sidewalk Prophets came on the radio one summer day. I had just graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and the words spoke to me in a life-changing way.
January 10, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Thomas F. Ankenbrandt, SJ, who died on January 8, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.