Recognizing the journey of faith, Notre Dame offers opportunities for ongoing spiritual development for the larger community. These opportunities, including small faith communities, spiritual direction and Confirmation preparation, meet the needs of our students, parents, families, faculty/staff, and alumnae.
Questions about opportunities for Ongoing Spiritual Development may be directed to
Karen Yavorsky, Campus Minister, Ongoing Spiritual Development.
In the 2012-2013 academic year, Notre Dame High School will offer students in the eleventh and twelfth grades the opportunity to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
within the Notre Dame faith community. This sacrament is one of three
Catholic Sacraments of Initiation and celebrates an individual’s desire
to live the model of Jesus Christ in prayer, service and love as a
member of the Catholic Church.
Confirmation Preparation Program is a collaborative effort of the
Campus Ministry and Religious Studies Departments. As such, the program
includes curricular and co-curricular elements to offer the fullest
preparation possible. If participation in the Notre Dame Confirmation
Preparation Program is a possibility, students should enroll in the
required Faith, Values and Lifestyles course during her junior year. Please carefully note the following requirements before choosing to enroll in the confirmation program:
Women’s Spirituality Group-
Scripture Reflection, Prayer and Sharing
Notre Dame Campus Ministry is forming a women’s spirituality group for scripture reflection, prayer and sharing which will explore the spirituality of St. Julie Billiart who inspires Notre Dame learning communities around the world. Open to all women of the Notre Dame community, the group will be meeting in the school Chapel Tuesday mornings from 8:00-9:00am for 8 weeks starting on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Coffee and fellowship will be available from 7:45-8:00am for those who arrive early. Please join us and rsvp to attend using ivolunteer. Please contact Mary Dern Walker for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 408-266-7638.
ROOTS —Small Faith Communities
Julie inspired her sisters to be “women with hearts as wide as the
world, making known God’s goodness and love of the poor through a
gospel way of life, community and prayer.” ROOTS is an opportunity for
students, faculty and staff to ground themselves in the good God as St.
Julie did. In a small setting of 8-15 people, each ROOTS group will
gather every two to three weeks to pray, listen to and reflect on
scripture, consider ways to incorporate spirituality into everyday life
and form relationships with one another. ROOTS extends the experience
of retreats and liturgy into an ongoing small faith community
opportunity. ROOTS participants commit to being open to deepening their
relationship with self, other and God.
- Grade Level Groups (Frosh, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)
- Faith Tradition Groups (Catholic/Christian, Muslim, Interfaith, and more)
- Service and Justice Groups
Individual Spiritual Direction
are welcome to meet once or for ongoing meetings to discuss the
spiritual journey. Campus Ministers will assist in the discernment of
God’s movement in a person’s life.
Campus Ministry coordinates various experiences of interfaith awareness
throughout the year. Offerings include Ramadan Fast-a-thon
and a Passover Seder. Ideas are welcome!
Response to Tragedy or Death in Student Life
Campus Ministry will offer a response to difficult student experiences.
Informing the faculty/staff, sympathy cards, and coordinating
additional response efforts are part of the facilitation offered by