Equally important to a student’s academic growth is her spiritual development. The Campus Ministry Office works to promote and maintain a Catholic atmosphere throughout the school community while striving to make the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Mission of “all inclusive love, unity, reconciliation and reverence for all God’s creation” a reality both on campus and in the greater world.
Our Chapel: Mass is celebrated every Friday at 7:30 a.m. in our Chapel, located on the top floor of the Main Building. Each week that Mass is celebrated, it is offered for a different FA group; however, the liturgy is open to the entire school community. The Chapel is open to all for quiet prayer and meditation throughout the school day.
Liturgies and Prayer Services: Several times a year Mass is celebrated in the Gym for the entire school Community. Some of these occasions include but are not limited to: Opening of School Liturgy, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Junior Ring Day. In addition, there are several other opportunities available for prayer services honoring important feast days: St. Joseph’s Day, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Feast of St. Blaise Throat Blessing, Advent Crèche Blessing, Senior Day, and a Lenten Day of Reconciliation. A Senior Baccalaureate Mass is celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church and is open to family members of our 12th grade students.
The Campus Ministry Office is always in need of young women who are looking to serve as Lectors, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Liturgical Musicians, and Leaders of Song. If you are interested in lending your God-given talents to one of our ministries, please stop by the Campus Ministry Office at any time.
Each day the entire school community participates in Morning Prayers over our public address system. We highlight the Saints in November, Women in History during March, Our Blessed Mother in October and May, and other important faith-based happenings. In addition to recognizing personal and school intentions, we also emphasize our CSJ Mission in our prayers, and try to encourage a sense of global awareness in our daily petitions.
Retreat Program: Fontbonne Hall Academy offers a four-year retreat program, to further enhance the spiritual growth of our student body.
Grade 9 Retreat is on campus, during a school day and focuses on “Becoming Women of Faith and Vision.”
Grade 10 and Grade 11 retreats also occur on campus. The Grade 10 Retreat takes place after school. The Grade 11 Retreat is an in-class experience. Both retreats focus on finding ways to make God more present in their lives.
Our Grade 12 Retreat experience culminates in a 3-day, 2-night event at The Marian Shrine at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, New York entitled “Journeys Ended, Journeys Begun”. We also offer service retreat opportunities.
Grade 11 students will be required to give a day of service at the CHIPS Food Pantry. This experience will take place during a school day and arranged by the Campus Minister.
Other Programs and Opportunities:
Sacramental Preparation; Personal counseling through the Office of the Spiritual Director; Volunteer opportunities through the Community Service Office, the Sisters of St. Joseph Community, our sisters schools in the CSJ Network (Academia Maria Reina, Puerto Rico – Bishop Kearney High School, Brooklyn – Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead – Saint Joseph High School, Brooklyn – The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates)