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DeSales Service Works, DSW, is a ministry of the Oblates that invites people to join us in service, prayer, community, and Salesian spirit. This ministry is particularly focused on sharing Salesian spirituality with the people of Camden, NJ, through direct personal service and the advancement of peace and justice. Volunteers do much-needed, practical service. The DSW experience fosters the Christian worldview of St. Francis de Sales and brings the power of Salesian gentleness, humility, and optimism to a very poor, hard-edged city.
The Two DeSales Service Works Opportunities: 1. Salesian Service Retreats offer people of all ages the opportunity to get away, reflect, pray and serve people in need. All retreat themes are rooted in the core teaching of St. Francis de Sales and involve direct service, facilitated reflection, presentations on Catholic social teaching, prayer and opportunity to celebrate Eucharist. These retreats are ideal for teens, adults, school groups, parish groups. They can be designed various lengths of time: a school day, an over-night, an evening, a weekend, a spring break, a week in the summer--to name some examples. 2. DSW Volunteer Year provides the opportunity for people, usually recent graduates, to give a year of service before beginning their careers. They take advantage of the relative freedom of that point in their lives to offer a year to serve people in serious need, live in community, pray and to give focused attention to their spiritual lives. Volunteers have the choice of a variety of service opportunities in Camden. They live a community life at the DSW house and strive to live out the "little virtues" promoted by St. Francis de Sales.
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