The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God.” This desire for God and the invitation to faith is present to all students of every creed and culture. The purpose of the School Ministry Office is to assist in fostering and nourishing this desire in each student so to help them develop and maintain a personal relationship with God with the guidance of the Roman Catholic Faith. This will take place through the sacraments, opportunities for personal and communal prayer, retreats, spiritual programs and activities throughout the school year. Students will also have the opportunity to integrate their faith life into action by getting involved in campus ministry and a variety of service projects. By nourishing their life of faith, each student will be able to live out the call to be taken over by the light of Christ and to spread that light wherever they go.
The Mass is offered daily during 5th period in our Chapel and all are welcome. Mass is also celebrated as a school community each First Friday of the Month as well as on Holy Days of Obligation. Additionally, our Graduation Mass has traditionally been held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul while our Junior Ring Mass is celebrated at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Philadelphia. Other school Masses include our annual Blue Mass of Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas and Easter celebrations.
The Sacraments are at the core of our Catholic faith and and the root of our identity as a school community. They are vital to our life of faith and nourishment in the spiritual life.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered during the Season of Advent and Lent. Priests from around the Archdiocese make themselves available to our students to hear confessions and offer reconciliation.
The word “retreat” can be defined as the act of moving back or withdrawing. In a spiritual sense, a retreat is a withdrawing or a stepping away from one’s normal day-to-day routine for the purpose of re-invigorating one’s relationship with God. Each grade level is required to attend their class retreat. Retreats are a vital part to the growth and nourishment of our students lives of faith.
The freshman retreat is unique in that we break the freshmen class down by theology class so that there is a total of nine retreats. The smaller size allows for reflective and prayerful environment. The retreats are held in our annex where the guys listen to talks by our seminarians and campus minister, enjoy activities and ice-breakers, and have ample time for silence and prayer including the celebration of the Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.
The sophomore retreat varies from year to year but focuses around the dignity of each human person as created in the image and likeness of God. This day is an opportunity to our guys to learn more about who they are as seen through the eyes of God and to grow in knowledge of their own dignity and relationship with God.
While encouraging vocations to the priesthood is a school-wide endeavor, the theme for the junior year retreat is specifically centered on the Priesthood. The retreat involves a trip to the seminary where seminarians lead the day with talks, activities and prayer. Mass and adoration are also part of the retreat.
For those who do not attend the Kairos retreat, our seniors get a taste of the rich catholic heritage in the city of Philadelphia as they travel to the Shrine of St. John Neumann for a day of tours, presentations and prayer. Mass is celebrated at the Shrine and Confession is available.