Jesus taught, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. . .whatever you did for one of these least of mine, you did for me” Mt. 25:31-38
In light of this teaching, the Archdiocese of St. Louis requires that all students in our Catholic high schools participate in works of charity and service as part of their graduation requirement. Rosati-Kain provides a Christian Service Program as an expression of our identity in Christ, as an Archdiocesan school, and according to the four core values given by our founding orders, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and School Sisters of Notre Dame:
Humilitas – We listen to God’s call, we recognize that everything we are is a gift from God, and we embrace God’s call in our lives.
Virtus – We pursue good and always give the best of ourselves.
Scientia – We use the gift of intellect and life experiences which transform and empower us
Caritas – We celebrate God’s unconditional love living in and through us.
Requirements (per year beginning 2013-14)
Freshmen: 10 hours
Sophomores: 15 hours
Juniors/Seniors: 75 hours – immersion experience and summer hours of service
Total Graduation Requirement: 100 hours
Freshmen and sophomore students may meet their service requirements in a variety of ways. Service may include volunteer assistance in their home, neighborhood, school, or parish. Hours may be verified by parents or appropriate supervising persons. The school offers many opportunities for service including volunteering at events such as the Phon-a-Thon or during summer camps.
Junior and senior service requires participation in a formal “service immersion” program at the end of junior year. Specific guidelines will be given in junior classes.