News
Boston College Students Seek to "Do More" on Jamaica Magis Service Trips

Feb. 2, 2017 - In 2012, Boston College undergraduate students Matthew Nacier, Marsha Guillaume and Patrick Williamson and Boston College campus minister Fr. Michael Davidson, SJ, founded the Jamaica Magis Service Trip as a way to serve the needs of the Jamaican people and as a way for students to learn more about their vibrant culture.

Organized through Boston College’s office of campus ministry, Jamaica Magis aims to provide students an opportunity to live and serve in solidarity with the people in Kingston, Jamaica, who have faced social, political, and economic oppression. The founders envisioned a trip where a diverse group of students could come together and learn and grow as a family through service, regardless of skin color. 

“Students join the Jamaica Magis Service Trip because they are looking for the magis, an Ignatian call to “do more,” said Fr. Davidson, a Jamaica native and member of the USA Northeast Province. “All participants are searching for a life with deeper meaning, a deeper connection with God, and a chance to live out a faith that does justice.” 


Equipped with a semester of education about Jamaican culture, history and current events, Jamaica Magis students arrive in Kingston with a deeper understanding of the people and the context in which they live. The length of the trip has been steadily extending, and now runs for 13 days in winter, spring break and in the summer. Additionally, the number of participants increases each year, with 25 for the winter of 2017. In total, over 200 students have participated in the 5 years that the trip has been active. 

The majority of the trip is dedicated to teaching at the Holy Family Primary School in downtown Kingston, an inner-city school that educates over 1,000 students who are in dire need of materials. Students also visit multiple charities, such as Mustard Seed Communities and Missionaries of Charities, which serve different marginalized populations. 

“During their time in Jamaica, students gain a deeper understanding of social justice and spirituality by learning to recognize the face of God in all things,” said Fr. Davidson. “This could be in the hug of a child they serve at an impoverished primary school, in the smile of an elderly woman whose memory is failing, in the strength of the community, and in themselves.” 





Recent News

Camille Naughton has been named the second president of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit, which was founded in 2013.

June 6, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to pray for priests. "Let us be thankful for their example and testimony," said Pope Francis. "Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor."

June 4, 2019 - From May 21 to 24, delegates representing the 56 Province Advancement Offices of the Society of Jesus met in Rome. They were joined by Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, for the second meeting of the delegates of the Development Offices of the six Jesuit Conferences.

May 15, 2019 — Arrupe College celebrates the success of its first graduating class completing their bachelor’s degrees.

May 8, 2019 — Just six years after the founding of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius Loyola petitioned the pope to allow the admission of lay co-adjutors — or helpers — known more commonly as brothers. His request was approved, and brothers began to build the Society.

May 7, 2019 - In his most recent monthly prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on his May intention: The Church in Africa. "Let us pray this month that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent."

April 26, 2019 — Three steps you can take to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.

view all news

Search news







Eastern Point Retreat House
Eastern Point Retreat House, a grand house located on the Atlantic shore in Gloucester, Mass., has been welcoming retreatants since 1958.