Anselmian B.R.E.A.K. - Benedictine, Reflection, Education, Advocacy, and Kinship.

Anselmian B.R.E.A.K has been offered continuously for over 30 years!. These service engagement weeks enable students to learn about Catholic social teaching while spending time living and working with those most in need.

The "hands on" nature of this program, focusing on service and community, gives participants the chance to build and renovate homes, tutor children, and serve in soup kitchens, as well as to visit families and individuals in the community and hear people’s stories. Through listening to the journey of refugees, understanding the joys and struggles a person with different abilities has, and learning the personal stories of individuals experiencing homelessness, students recognize the dignity of each person and strive for kinship with one another. Throughout and after the experience, participants reflect on how they can be life-long advocates of the people they engaged with. It is our hope that students will take the stories, people, and experiences with them and make positive changes in their lives when they return to the hilltop and their home communities.

Anselmian B.R.E.A.K, formerly known as Service & Solidarity, sponsored by Campus Ministry, engages Saint Anselm students in social justice education, relationship building, and advocacy through the lens of our Benedictine identity. Our goal is to educate students to become more keenly aware of each person’s innate dignity and our shared common humanity.


 Anselmian B.R.E.A.K. Vision

  • Immersing oneself in social justice education, reflection, and hands on service experiences.
  • Encountering the love of God in individuals of marginalized communities while journeying alongside peers.
  • Engaging in kinship as a means towards true advocacy and lifelong solidarity.


Fundraising Information

The anticipated yearly total cost of the program is $40,000, although simplicity is one of our values, we must pay for the food, travel, and use of volunteer facilities in each community, and we will send a donation to the organizations we partner with. Anselmian B.R.E.A.K. is an opportunity for students and all who support them to use their time and talent to spread the love they have received and lift up the voices of those in marginalized communities. We would greatly appreciate any help you can offer, whether that be financially or through prayerful support. Please know your donation will make a difference in the lives of the students who participate in Anselmian B.R.E.A.K. and the individuals they meet along the way.

Donate to Anselmian B.R.E.A.K.


Kathleen (Mulcahy) Miskell ’06 Memorial Scholarship

The Kathleen (Mulcahy) Miskell ’06 Memorial Scholarship supports the transformative experiences of future Anselmians. Current students participating in Anselmian B.R.E.A.K. trips are encouraged to contact for an application form. 


History of Organizations we've partnered with
  • Building affordable housing - Habitat for Humanity, North Carolina
  • Community Living - Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Austin, TX
  • Hospitality for the homeless - Andre House, Phoenix, AZ
  • Inner City Immersion - Catholic Charities, Baltimore, MA  
  • Cultural Engagement & Sustainability - Community Collaborations International, Puerto Rico
  • Refugee resettlement - International Institute, Manchester, NH
  • Restoration, resilience, and re-engagement - SBP & New Orleans Missions, New Orleans, LA 
  • Disaster Relief with Community Collaborations - Panama City, FL 
  • Simple living and stewardship - Nazareth Farm, Salem, WV
  • Social Justice and Sustainability- Bethlehem Farm, WV
  • Urban community development- St. Vincent de Paul, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Urban poverty relief - DOOR, Atlanta, GA
  • Embracing different abilities - Benedictine School, Ridgley, MA
  • Homelessness awareness through food delivery - God's Love We Deliver, New York, NY
  • Inner-city education - St. Benedict's Prep, Newark, NJ
  • Rural renewal - Camp Friendship, Aberdeen , MS
  • Working together toward self-sufficiency - H.O.M.E., Orland, ME
  • Cultural immersion and advocacy - Re-member, Pine Ridge, SD
  • Dignity of the Homeless - St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Joseph’s Housing Repair  - Clintwood, Virginia;
  • Habitat for Humanity – Beaumont, Texas; Vineland, NJ; Louisiana, Detroit
  • Mustard Seed Community - Montego Bay Jamaica;
  • Youth Services Operation Project – New York, NY;;
  • Cor Unum- Lawrence, MA;
  • Appalachia Service Project – Chavies, Kentucky
  • Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos – Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Christian Foundation for Children and Aging - Los Chiles, Costa Rica
  • Haiti; (be like brit)
  • The Steinbruck Center, Washington D.C.
  • Dominican Republic
  • The David School, David, KY
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Social Justice in the City (CT); catholic worker house
  • Disaster Relief – Panama City, FL
  • South Carolina; Gulf Port, MS; (disaster relief?)
  • Detroit, Michigan; (habitat?)
  • Staten Island, NY
  • Rural Community Engagement (KY)
  • God’s Providence – Providence, RI: Jeanne jugan residence
  • Romero’s Urban Challenge (NJ)
  • Anne Marie House – Hudson, NH
  • Overlook Farm with Heifer Intl. – Rutland, MA
  • St. Joan of Arc School and Operation Nehemiah - New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Impact Missions – Ridgewood, West Virginia
  • The Fuller Center for Housing of Webster, Inc. - Springhill, Louisiana
  • Amizade: Navajo Nation – Tuba City, Arizona
  • The Pilgrimage - Washington, D.C.
  • Paulist Center, Boston Rescue Mission, and Fr. Bill’s Place, Pine Street Inn, Community Servings, Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston Living Center, Boston Long Island Shelter, and North Cambridge Catholic High School (a Cristo Rey school) - Boston, Massachusetts
  • Glenmary Home Missionaries; Mississippi
  • Hurley Community Center, Hurley Virginia
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Pritchard, Alabama
  • Frenchville, Pennsylvania
  • Lancaster, Kentucky Dodge City, Georgia
  • El Paso, Texas/Juarez Mexico
  • Villa El Salvador, Peru
  • San Cristobal Del Norte, Costa Rica
  • San Jose, Costa Rica