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Campus Ministry offers worship and prayer, retreats, and development in faith, spirituality, and value education. The Campus Ministry Department works with the Maroon and White Society and the Christian Service Program to provide opportunities for spiritual and social development in the wider community. All students, regardless of religious affiliation, are encouraged to participate in Campus Ministry activities throughout the school year. It is the mandate of the Society of Jesus that every student come to recognize the importance of spiritual development as a means of becoming a man of integrity, compassion, and service.
Focus on the whole development of the student has been a century old hallmark of Jesuit education.
In their Grade 12 year, all students have the opportunity to become a member of the Maroon and White Society. The Maroon and White is a long Jesuit tradition of leadership development in which students are selected to act as ambassadors of the entire student body for major events both inside and outside the school.
The students who are selected to work on the Maroon and White executive, as well as those students who are inducted into the Society at the end of the year, represent the embodiment of the best of characteristics that St. Paul's High School seeks to instill in the student leaders.
The Grade 10 service program is intended to initiate students in formal volunteer activity. It also gives students an opportunity to put into practice concepts of service introduced in their religion courses. Ideally, such service forms a basis for reflection based on experience.
The Grade 11 program involves students in institutional settings such as elderly care homes, soup kitchens, and hospitals. It is designed to complement the value of social justice promoted in religion classes and to build on the volunteer experience acquired in Grade 10. The service program concludes at this level, yet a number of Grade 12 students (and alumni) continue to pursue service opportunities after their Grade 11 year. The goal of lifelong service involvement ranks among the highest of our gauges of success of our graduates.
All St. Paul's students complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service outside of school time.
Initiated at St. Paul's High School in 2002, this retreat is based on a program that has been used in Jesuit schools across the United States for decades. It takes place in December, and is designed to give Grade 9 students an opportunity to grow more comfortable as members of the high school community, to make new friends, and to develop a sense of their importance as Crusaders. The retreat is planned and led by senior students.
In their senior year, students have the opportunity to participate in the Kairos retreat program. It is a four-day experience of community where the student learns more about themselves, about others and about God. Retreatants learn that they are loved and loveable. Kairos is a significant and sometimes life-changing experience for most of the participants, often proving to be the climax of their spiritual and social development at St. Paul's High School.
“These four days were some of the best in my time at St. Paul's. The memories will remain dear to me for the rest of my life.”