faith & service
Before the last period of every school day, the hustle of activity quiets for the reading of the Examen Prayer. People in the hallway stop. Classroom lights go dark. The Examen is an exercise that connects the school community in prayer and reflection. A daily challenge to do what is central to the work of the Office of Pastoral Ministries — finding God in all things.
A FOUNDATION OF FAITH
At St. John’s Jesuit, we focus on enriching the spiritual development of our students through daily prayer, Mass and other special liturgical events, a robust retreat program, and interpersonal connection. A student takes what he learns in his theology classes to become more devoted in his faith and loving to those around him. Titans are guided to form habits that lead to a desire for religion and a relationship with God as a foundation for daily life.
Campus Ministry is an important function of the Office of Pastoral Ministries. Faculty and staff work with students to plan and execute a comprehensive program including liturgies, prayers services, daily prayer, and retreats. Titans are able to participate in Campus Ministry in many ways such as serving as Eucharistic Ministers, Retreat Leaders, Liturgical Musicians and Vocalists, Altar Servers, Lectors, and by leading the school in the morning prayer or the daily Examen.
At St. John’s Jesuit we strive to enrich the faith life for all students. For Catholic students, Sacramental life is enhanced through a regular encounter of God’s mercy through weekly mass and quarterly Reconciliation.
Men for Others
Pedro Arrupe, SJ, the former Superior General of the Jesuits worldwide, fueled a momentum in Jesuit schools to form men and women not only for, but with, others. His influence continues to inspire faculty, staff, and religious who work in Pastoral Ministries. We strive to offer students offer a multitude of experiences to build relationships, serve strangers in need, and make the world a better place.
Toledo Labre Program
Students prepare and deliver weekly meals using food as a means for building relationships with the under-resourced in the neighborhoods of the Old South End of Toledo.
Titans are required to serve the most marginalized in our community by working with a local agency over an extended period of time. Our goal is to develop students beyond seeing the program as a requirement; the desire to serve becomes part of who they are.
The Pallbearer’s Society involves students in the Corporal Work of Mercy– “To Bury the Dead.” This opportunity to serve is one rooted in compassion and dignity for all.
Christian Service Core Team
The Christian Service Core Team is comprised of seniors and juniors that have a deep commitment to serving others, especially in our local community. CS Core Team brings service opportunities and knowledge to the rest of the student body through monthly mission collections and events.
Foreign Service Trips
For over 25 years, St. John’s has provided students the experience of serving others in third-world countries. A recent graduate said it best: “The experience is impossible to describe in words. When you go to people in need and help them without knowing their name, story, or language, you develop a relationship based solely on generosity and love for the other.” – Misael ’18
Appalachia Service Trips
St. John’s has been serving extremely impoverished communities in the Appalachia region for more than twenty years. Two service trips are open to students; one over spring break with a focus on construction upgrades, and one in the summer to run a camp for boys.
IN CULTIVATING OUR CATHOLIC JESUIT IDENTITY, MORE THAN TWENTY DIFFERENT RELIGIONS ARE REPRESENTED GIVING STUDENTS PRACTICAL OPPORTUNITIES IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM TO UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE OTHER PERSPECTIVES AND PRACTICES OF FAITH.
A FAITH THAT ACTS
As students develop at St. John’s, they are challenged to get out of their comfort zone, be open to growth, reflect on experiences, and guided to take action to help those in need. Through experiential learning opportunities, we give Titans the tools to ask questions—to look beyond the problem itself and to identify ways to be part of the solution. By participating in the Social Justice Alliance, Titans can get involved with planning schoolwide events, educating their fellow classmates, and even travel to Washington DC in a variety of contexts for added opportunities to develop these critical skills.