CAMPUS MINISTRYThe Campus Ministry program seeks to encourage students to explore, deepen, and nourish their faith. In doing so, it is hoped that their relationships with God and others will be strengthened and that they will further develop their knowledge of Catholic practices. Furthermore, in the Franciscan tradition, it is expected that students will continue to develop a sense of reverence for and hospitality toward all creation.
Retreats:All students participate in at least one retreat per academic year. The senior class participates in two retreats, one during the fall and one at the end of the academic year.
Retreats for grades 7-9 are led by junior and senior students under the supervision of the Campus Minister. Student retreat helpers offer personal reflections, run small group discussions and activities, and lead prayer. Retreats for grades 10-12 are led by the Campus Minister and one or two faculty members. Various types of prayer, meditation, creative art and group activities, individual reflection, small and large group discussion, Scripture, literature, music, and movie clips are used on the retreats.
Community Giving:The goal of the Community Giving Club is to encourage students to serve the greater Boston community. The Community Giving Club is made up of members from grades 7-12 and meets approximately every other week to organize various drives: the Thanksgiving Food Drive, the Giving Tree Book Drive, and the Lenten Toiletry Drive. For each Drive, members create flyers, set up collection boxes, and help to gather donations to be sent to various agencies, schools, and churches.
Lectors:Lectors are junior and senior students who proclaim the Word of God at our school’s Masses and prayer services. They currently practice every other week with the Public Speaking Club.
Eucharistic Ministers:Eucharistic Ministers are junior and senior students who distribute the Eucharist during school Masses. They are trained under Archdiocesan guidelines.
Liturgy Team:The goal of the Liturgy Team is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to help the Campus Minister organize and implement creative plans for upcoming liturgies. The Liturgy Team meets once per six-day cycle during lunch and prepares liturgies for some or all of the following celebrations.
- Feast of Saint Francis
- Solemnity of All Saints
- Immaculate Conception
- Advent / Christmas
- Catholic Schools Week / new semester
- Ash Wednesday / Lent
- World Awareness Day
- Holy Week
- Foundress Day
- Ascension Thursday
- End of the school year
The Director of Campus Ministry oversees all areas of Campus Ministry. In addition, each year ten to fifteen junior and senior students serve as Campus Ministry Coordinators for particular areas of Campus Ministry (retreats, lectors, etc.). All Coordinators are required to meet with the Director approximately once every two weeks to perform various tasks, brainstorm about upcoming events, debrief about recent events, prepare materials for a retreat or liturgy and explore faith and/or leadership skills. Furthermore, Coordinators are sometimes responsible for leading aspects of meetings with other students. For example, retreat Coordinators may be required to lead the opening prayer at retreat team meetings.
Campus Ministry Director: Mrs. Mary Chick