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Saint Mary’s Academy provides the necessary Christian atmosphere and environment to enable each young woman to reach her potential in today’s world. All students participate in religion classes and in activities provided by the Campus ministry department.

The role of the Campus Minister is to promote and deepen the spiritual character of the school through activities that complement the academic curriculum. With the assistance of faculty and students, the campus minister organizes and coordinates prayer services, class retreats, liturgies, and opportunities for Christian service.

Mission Areas and Concern for the Poor

As a Christian community, the students and faculty of Saint Mary's are called to be aware of those on the margins of society. We are charged with the responsibility to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the afflicted. Throughout the year, students and faculty have opportunities to work with organizations and groups that care for people often forgotten by society. There are occasional requests for funds as wells for clothes, food, and personal supplies.

Retreats

Each year, class retreats are planned to provide students with the opportunity for personal reflection, communal sharing, and the strengthening of class unity. Retreat days are official school days and participation is not optional. A retreat fee paid at the beginning of the school year assists in covering the cost of the retreat program.

Christian Service

Service is a vital and intrinsic part of a solid Christian education. Therefore, all students at Saint Mary's Academy participate in Christian Service activities throughout the year. Some of these are planned through the school; however; independent service is strongly recommended. Students are required to complete 72 hours of Christian Service over 4 years before graduation. Service is performed through non-profit and charitable organizations such as schools, churches, after school tutoring programs etc. To fulfill the required hours, a Christian Service opportunity must be pre-approved by the students’ Religion teacher. One-third of the hours may be completed through on-campus activities. (Number in parenthesis)

  • Freshmen, 12 (4) hours
  • Sophomores, 16 (5) hours
  • Juniors, 20 (6) hours
  • Seniors, 24 (8) hours

  • School Liturgies

    Throughout the year Campus Ministers will work on planning a variety of masses and prayer services for the SMA community. The tasks involved in the planning include creating decorations for the liturgy space, choosing songs and music to enhance the experience; and learning and performing liturgical dances as a sign of worship.   Assisting in the planning and participating in our SMA masses and prayer services gives our campus ministers a wonderful opportunity to better understand and enrich their faith while organizing a large school wide event.