Community service is a vital component of our school's educational mission. Students are offered opportunities to participate in community service activities throughout the year such as volunteering to serve food at Dorothy’s Kitchen, comforting the sick at the Monterey Convalescent Home, tutoring disadvantaged children at the Monterey Boys and Girls Club, or visiting the sick and elderly at the Ave Maria Hospital. Students can also participate in activities such as the Catalina Children’s Fund, Model UN, or our Peace and Justice club. These opportunities create a greater awareness of the student's citizenship and her responsibility towards others. Students are thus educated to become community leaders of intellectual excellence who serve God by offering service to others. Such an emphasis is reinforced in the religious studies courses, but involvement in community service and other activities, such as Christian Children's Fund or the Food Fast, raise the consciousness of students to the plight of others in the world with the impact of these efforts being realized in the school community and beyond.
By encountering others with real needs, students discover gratitude for their own gifts and become empowered by the realization that they can help change the world. Such gratitude and power can increase a sense of duty and hopefully inspire students to dedicate themselves more fully to the service of others.