|Faith & Service|
“He should first show them in deeds rather than words all that is good and holy.”
Rule of Saint Benedict
Students at Benedictine Academy know that Benedictine spirituality is about equality and community, about service and mutual support. Our students put their faith into action by serving their immediate community and ministering to people in need through interactive service opportunities. By participating in the Benedictine Academy Christian Service Program, students will apply their Catholic Christian values by practicing them in projects that expand the students’ awareness of God, others, and themselves.
Each academic year, the required number of service hours are 10 hours per quarter, which adds up to 40 hours per year. This comes to a total of 80 minimum service hours for the 4 years of high school. Students must complete all of the required service hours for the year to receive a grade for service. If they do not complete the required service, they are considered incomplete for their religion requirement and will not be permitted to advance to the next level. Service is worth 10% of the overall religion semester grade. Students may be involved in service opportunities both in and out of school. The more variety in the types of services in which students are involved, the greater the benefit will be to the wider Body of Christ and the greater benefit to the student.
Students may begin their over the summer recess.
If students begin their service hours after June 30 they will be counted towards the next school year, provided that they have completed the hours for the previous school year.
Below is a list of possible service opportunities. If there are any questions regarding whether or not a service activity is acceptable, please contact the Campus Ministry office for clarification. All community service projects must be approved.
Examples of acceptable service include the following:
Unpaid work in a town recreational program
Girl Scout service programs
Work with agencies which provide services to the sick, elderly, disabled, children, homeless, hungry, other activities which provide services to people in need such as blood donations, etc.
School dinners and events
Volunteering in your local parish
CCD Aides or Teacher
Church Maintenance Crew/Lectors/Ushers/Greeters/Altar Servers
Youth Retreat Team/Choir Music Group/Youth Group Service Opportunities
Social Justice Ministries
Vacation Bible/Church Schools
*Students should contact their Church to find out what can be done
Volunteering in Local and Community Organizations :
American Red Cross
American Cancer Society
Boys and Girls Clubs
Center for Food Action (www.cfanj.org)
Coalition for the Homeless
Community FoodBank of NJ
Habitat for Humanity
Legal Aid Clinics/Free Medical Clinics
Local assisted living and care centers for the elderly
Local Hospitals and Clinics
Local Nursery/Grammar Schools
Local Senior Centers
Mental Health Association of NJ
NJ Peace Action