Students and staff members from Palma School in Salinas, California continue to stand in solidarity with and advocate for the marginalized in their community. Earlier this year, the school continued its ministry at Soledad State Prison, where the school community held a retreat for inmates and prison staff. In August of 2018, Palma will continue this ministry by holding a Mass and facilitating presentations by inmates and school faculty and staff surrounding the “Prodigal Son,” where participants will share how they might have embodied each character of the parable throughout their lives.
Earlier this year, senior theology students from Palma participated in the school’s miniimmersion on Soledad Street, where hundreds of individuals experiencing homelessness live. Throughout the academic year, these senior students would take a day out of school to provide blankets, tents and food to those experiencing homelessness. More importantly, the students spent time sharing stories and spending time being present and standing in solidarity with these individuals.