Dorothy Day Program

Dorothy Day group 2016

Welcome, Class of 2021!

Service Program for First-Year Students

August 20- August 25, 2017

 VIDEO: The 2016 Dorothy Day cohort made new friends, a whole host of memories and a huge difference in the community. Watch our photo slide show on YouTube.

About the Program

Sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, the Dorothy Day Program offers incoming first-year students the opportunity to participate in a weeklong service experience at a Sisters of St. Joseph-sponsored ministry or in a local social service agency. Students arrive on campus a week before the beginning of the academic year, live in the residence halls, and reflect on their experience.

Through service work at the local sites, first year students have the opportunity to explore and reflect on Catholic Social Teaching and the essence of the life at Elms College through our mission and values as a college founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

The Dorothy Day Service Program is a great opportunity for first-year students to meet members of their class and become acquainted with the campus and the college community while serving the needs of the local community. Each day consists of service at agency sites followed by socials and local trips. Daily group reflection is at the heart of the Dorothy Day Program, as students are called to reflect upon their own experience with the people they have served. Student leaders facilitate open discussions on the group’s experience at their service site, while also exploring spirituality. This experience provides first-year students with an opportunity to serve the local community while becoming engaged in the charism of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, by "uniting neighbor with neighbor, and neighbor with God, without distinction." All incoming first-year students are welcome to apply and be a part of a legacy of commitment to serving our neighbors with a compassionate heart.


Who is Dorothy Day?

The program is named after Dorothy Day, a Catholic woman who cofounded The Catholic Worker. Inspired by her faith, Dorothy Day actively served the poor by providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and hospitality to all. Her activism for a just society and dedication to peace continues to inspire and challenge us all to have a "revolution of the heart."

Program Application & Payment Due: July 14, 2017

Cost of Participation: $100 

2017 Dorothy Day Program Information

Online Application

Paper 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.