Service is central to the
mission of Mount Saint Joseph, whereby students live out their Christian calling
and learn the value of caring for others -- especially the poor and vulnerable. Service helps students appreciate that,
in today’s world, a loving, good person -- even alone -- can make a difference. Students are encouraged to “fall in love with the service of God”,
and to understand that “To whom much is given, much is expected”.
Freshman service in small groups are Our daily Bread, a soup kitchen in Baltimore.
Sophomores serve on-campus by facilitating the Mount's recycling program throughout the year.
The junior service learning project is a central aspect of MSJ’s mission statement and philosophy of education. The primary intention of this service project is to help students understand and appreciate that, in today’s world, a loving, good person, even alone, can make a difference.
Students are required to earn 40 hours of Christian service. They may begin their service in March of their sophomore year, and may complete it the summer before their junior year or during their junior year (according to the requirements and due dates set forth in their Junior Religion class.)
Additional information concerning requirements and copies of the necessary forms can be accessed via students’ PlusPortals accounts, or by contacting the Campus Ministry Center.
Important Junior Service documents:
For all Seniors to “Fall in love with the service of God” and to leave Mount Saint Joseph with a spirit of service, living out the quote, “To whom much is given, much is expected”.
Requirements: All seniors will be responsible for demonstrating participation in service to others during their senior year (a period of time that goes from Spring Break Junior Year to the 3rd Quarter Senior Year).
This service can be direct (similar to the Junior Service Project) or indirect. Procedure for participation in Senior Service:Seniors receive information about their service requirement at an assembly in March.
Seniors may seek approval for their service project from the director of Campus Ministry until the beginning of class in the Fall. At the beginning of their senior year (within the first two weeks of classes) seniors will fill out a declaration sheet of what they intend to do for their senior service. This will have to be approved by their Senior Theology Teacher. During the 3rd Quarter, the seniors will have to present to their class a reflection about the impact of service.
This could take various forms. It could incorporate their Junior Service experience; it could be based solely on how this project(s) have shaped/changed them, etc. The details of this will need to be worked out among the senior teachers.Seniors are encouraged to explore avenues that they are naturally drawn to- their Junior Service Site, the home parish, leadership roles at Mount Saint Joseph, etc.
Important Senior Service documents:
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Clay Bonham – firstname.lastname@example.org.