Saint Francis School Campus Ministry program fosters a school community of faith. We practice spirituality through:
The prayer life at St. Francis School addresses concerns and celebrates graced moments, putting into perspective the challenges and joys of life. Student Ministers prepare Morning Prayer daily. Our prayer life at St. Francis School sets a rhythm to our day and teaches us that God is always present!
Throughout the school year the School gathers together to celebrate the liturgical seasons, our Franciscan tradition, and to support each other in prayer. The October 4th Feast Day celebration honors our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, and the Sisters of St. Francis who model their lives and their work after his example. In January, we celebrate the birth of Blessed Mother Marianne Cope who dedicated her life to the people of Kalaupapa and who brought Franciscan sisters to Hawaii.
Recognizing the value of self-reflection and prayer each High School student, Faculty and staff member is required to make an annual St. Francis School Retreat. Retreats are designed to build community and address issues that are age appropriate to the faith development of our 7th-12th graders. There is also a three-day Encounter Retreat for juniors & seniors. Under the direction of the Campus Minister, retreats are planned and led by Student Ministers.
Peer Ministry and Leadership Training
In this course, students learn group dynamics and facilitation skills. They create activities and games that will engage their peers in the various topics of each retreat. Students are engaged in their own personal reflection and spiritual development within the context of a small faith-based classroom community.
The Saint Francis School Service Learning Program is based on the mutual sharing of gifts between students and the face of Jesus in those to whom they minister. It seeks to expose students to a possible way of life following in the footsteps of St. Francis and the Gospels. Each student in the program must complete 25 hours of community service for each high school year at St. Francis. The service may be volunteered at any non-profit agency.