A Key Formative Experience

The Christian Service Program is one of the key formative experiences in the lives of Walsh Jesuit students.  We ask our students to be Open to Growth through experiences such as the Christian Service program, the adults in our community share in that same commitment. The FAQ section will address frequently asked questions about the program and represent the basic parameters of the Christian Service Program for the school year.

FAQ's

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  • Q: What is the goal of the Christian Service Program? 

    • The goal of the Christian Service Program is to provide opportunities for metanoia, the radical transformation of the hearts and minds of our young men and women. 
    • By fostering, forming, and reflecting upon relationships with individuals from poor, marginalized, and/or disadvantaged populations, such opportunities for transformation can take place.
  • Q: Are there specific places that students need to go to complete their service?

    Given the different developmental levels of students and travel restrictions based upon age, the location of approved service opportunities differs based upon grade levels of students:

    Freshmen & Sophomores – All Freshmen and Sophomores may serve their hours (Freshmen 15, Sophomores 20) at any location of their choosing (school, parish, community, etc.), but we recommend they attempt to serve a poor, marginalized, and/or disadvantaged population. 

    Juniors & Seniors – All 25 service hours MUST be performed at one, primary, 501c3 (non-profit) agency that serves a poor, marginalized, and/or disadvantaged population. Students may augment hours earned at their primary agency with service performed through a Walsh Jesuit Campus Ministry program (i.e. – Labré Project, Catholic Worker, Callistian Pallbearers, Gonzaga Eucharistic Ministry, etc.) 
  • Q: How many service hours do I need to complete?

    Total number of hours to be completed are as follows:
    Freshman - 15 hours
    Sophomore - 20 hours
    Junior - 25 hours
    Senior - 25 hours

How to Get Involved

Walsh Jesuit students answer the call to put our faith into action through participation in the Campus Ministry service programs. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service opportunities and connect their service experience with their faith in ever-deeper ways. Through these service ministries, students directly experience the profound truth that in giving we receive.

All Students

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  • Prayer

    • Daily Mass 7:30am: As a Christ-centered community, the Holy Eucharist animates and inspires Walsh Jesuit High School. The Walsh Jesuit Community celebrates Mass each school day at 7:30 a.m. in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs. Please join us!  In addition to our 7:30 a.m. Mass, we gather on holy days and special occasions for an all-school Mass celebration.
    • Daily Examen
    • All School Masses
    • Reconciliation
    • Lector at Mass
    • CLC Groups (Advent and Lent)
  • Retreats

    • Urban Plunge Retreat:  Students are given the opportunity to live a life of simplicity, diving deeper into the issues of poverty and hunger in our community. Site visits include the Akron Catholic Worker, The Urban Farm and participation in the Labre Project. This retreat is open to students of all grade levels.
    • Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice:  On November 16, 1989, six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered at the Jesuit University in El Salvador.  Each year, on the anniversary of their deaths, the Ignatian Solidarity Network holds this event in Washington D.C. where thousands of students from Jesuit colleges, universities, and high schools learn about issues of peace and justice.
  • Service/Justice

    • St. Benedict Joseph Labre Project
    • Gonzaga Ministry
    • Seasons of Service
    • Ignatian Family Advocacy Month
    • Fair Trade Expo
    • Jesuit Day of Service

Seniors

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  • Prayer

    • Eucharistic Ministers
    • Baccalaureate Mass
  • Retreats

    • Kairos Retreat: Kairos, the Greek word meaning the “God appointed moment in time,” is a four day retreat for Juniors and Seniors to examine their lives, their relationship with God, and with others.  This retreat is composed of various talks given by students and adults, personal & small group discussion, and various other activities.  This retreat is open to Juniors and Seniors only. 
    • Retreat Leaders

Juniors

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  • Retreats

    • Kairos Retreat:  Kairos, the Greek word meaning the “God appointed moment in time,” is a four day retreat for Juniors and Seniors to examine their lives, their relationship with God, and with others.  This retreat is composed of various talks given by students and adults, personal & small group discussion, and various other activities.  This retreat is open to Juniors and Seniors only. 
    • Immersion Trips

Sophomores

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  • Retreats

    • Sophomore Retreat: This is a mandatory class retreat for all Sophomore students which focuses on the transition from underclassmen to upperclassmen, how we can become leaders of the school and how God fits into our everyday lives. This retreat provides students with tools grow within themselves, with their fellow classmates and of course in their faith. 
    • Immersion Trips
    • Arrupe Leadership Summit

Freshmen

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  • Retreats

    • Welcome to WJ Day: This is a class welcome and retreat for all freshmen, which focuses on what it means to be a student at a Jesuit High School. Students get to know fellow classmates, while also discussing opportunities to become involved in the school, their own faith life and the lives of our wonderful Jesuits.
    • Freshman Hiking Retreat: A one day Hiking Retreat held for Freshman as a kick start to their Freshman year. Freshman will be embarking on a new journey, so the idea of this retreat is to reflect on their past experiences in order to prepare for their future. We do this in an outside setting, allowing us to focus on seeing God in all things.
  • Service/Justice

    Freshman Service Day