In accordance with the Mission, Philosophy and ESLRs of Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School, Campus Ministry provides a program to help the students grow as persons of faith through experiences of prayer, liturgy and community-based service learning.
Christian Service is a Graduation Requirement: 100 Hours are due upon Graduation. Each student should have a goal of accomplishing 25 hours of community service per year. The records for service will be monitored, approved, and kept by the Campus Minister.
Prior to the beginning of the school day, the students may take advantage of celebrating daily liturgy in our on-campus chapel. Each day begins with a prayer led by the Commissioner of Religious Affairs over the public address system. This prayer is intended to unite the entire school community with the prayer of the Church, the daily liturgy, the needs of the world community and the intentions of our local community. Many classes and club meetings also begin with prayer, both teacher-generated and student-generated. The structure of Religion classes, the inclusion of students in being leaders of prayer, and student participation in retreats facilitate a process for the students to develop their own prayer life and relationship with Jesus. This also offers the students an understanding community from which they can seek support for their personal intentions.
Scheduled throughout the year to commemorate holy days, feasts, and particular events or anniversaries of our local community, liturgies and para-liturgies offer opportunities for students to celebrate, appreciate, and actualize the grace of their baptism. The students on the Campus Ministry team, in consultation with others in the school community, plan, coordinate, and lead these services. Responding to the call to be priestly people, the students serve as the ministers of the altar, word, Eucharist, and music, as well as presiders at para-liturgies.
Campus Ministry and the co-curricular activities program provide students with additional opportunities for community service. The Office of Campus Ministry spearheads several annual drives to support a variety of local charities. There is an annual clothing, food and household supplies drive for the House of Ruth, a home for battered and homeless women and families, and an annual Christmas toy collection for Catholic Charities or for Alexandria House (a shelter for homeless women and children). During Lent, in an effort to encourage the Lenten practice of alms giving, the school unites in a common purpose to raise funds for a specified need in the local or global community through the Operation Rice Bowl. The Campus Minister also contacts surrounding outside agencies where students can serve and help on a weekly basis. In addition the ASB joins the Campus Ministry Team in sponsoring blood drives in the fall and spring of each year.