Students put their faith into action through service.
“It has long been held that the differentiating factor between Catholic schools and other independent or public schools is the focus on faith formation and a student’s spiritual and moral development,” says Dr. Jacob Conca, Head of School at Xaverian Brothers High School. “This is made manifest through theology classes, daily prayer, attendance at Masses, participation in the sacraments, and through pastoral counseling. At Xaverian, one of the essential ways we accomplish this is through service. I believe that our programs are unmatched in this area, particularly our Christian Senior Service program.”
Christian Senior Service (CSS) is Xaverian’s faith experience that is conducted during the last term of senior year, the pinnacle of a young man’s formation at the school. It allows seniors the opportunity to put their faith into action through service. Participating students are exempt from all classes (except Advanced Placement classes) during the fourth quarter of senior year. Instead of reporting to campus, they report to an approved service site where they spend their days working to benefit the community. Students are encouraged to see their service as a means to bring God’s love to those most in need. Throughout the experience, they meet regularly with a faculty mentor and journal daily to actively reflect on God’s presence in their lives and in the people they serve.
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