Dorothy Day Program

A journey of Faith, Community & Service

August 24 - August 29, 2014


Sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, the Dorothy Day Program gives first year students the opportunity to participate in community service while working alongside a Sister of St. Joseph or in a local social service agency. Students arrive on campus a week before classes, live in the dorms, and reflect on their experience, all while providing assistance to programs where Sisters of St. Joseph minister or to other sponsored ministries. ​

The program is named for Dorothy Day, a Catholic woman and cofounder of Catholic Worker, who served the poor by providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and hospitality to all. This experience provides the first year students an opportunity to serve the local community while living the charism of our founders, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, by “uniting neighbor with neighbor, and neighbor with God, without distinction”.  

Through service work at the local sites, participants have the opportunity to explore and reflect on Catholic Social Teaching and the importance of our mission and values as a college founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.  Dorothy Day service sites include Open Pantry, Holyoke Homework House, Mont Marie, and The Gray House.

Daily group reflection is at the essence of the Dorothy Day Program. Student leaders lead open discussions on the group’s experience at their service site, while also exploring spirituality. The program provides time for “mandatory fun” that will be composed of activities and local trips. The Dorothy Day program is a great opportunity to meet new friends, further explore our long tradition of faith and service, and be part of a community that is “compassionate in heart.” 

The 2014 Dorothy Day Service Program Application is closed. 

 Dorothy Day Program Application 


For further information on the Dorothy Day Program, please email or call the Campus Ministry Office at 413-265-2289 or 413-265-2468.