In the Jesuit tradition, St. Francis Xavier School sees spiritual formation as integrally connected to the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of the whole child. Through Campus Ministry we provide opportunities and activities that enable our students to respond to the invitation of St. Ignatius Loyola to find God in all things, live for the greater glory of God, and seek the magis as they become young men and women for others. In order to fulfill its mission of caring for the soul and faith life of our school community, Campus Ministry facilitates the following: liturgical services, retreats, sacrament preparation, formation and service opportunities.
Weekly Mass is held in either St. Francis Xavier Church or Brophy Chapel. Other liturgical celebrations include all-school Rosary, Stations of the Cross and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Students in second grade prepare for and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation. Third grade students prepare for and receive the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation. Both classes attend a retreat with their parents.
Retreats & Workshops
In the Ignatian tradition we offer many retreat opportunities to deepen our faith:
- New Family
- Leadership Retreat for 8th grade student leaders
- Sixth grade parent/child retreat
- Seventh grade student retreat
- Eighth grade student retreat
- Reconciliation Retreat for second grade students and parents
- Sacraments of Initiation Retreat for third grade students and parents
What is "Magis?" [pronounced "màh-gis"] It is a Latin word for "more," and is taken from the motto of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" which is translated, "For the Greater Glory of God." Magis is a key element of Jesuit spirituality, inviting us to do more and to become more in the hope of offering greater service. The Jesuit tradition calls us in all matters to seek the greater good, the magis and become men and women for others.
The St. Francis Xavier Magis Committee is a campus ministry team comprised of students, parents, and teachers. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, wrote that "love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words." The goal of the committee is to seek the magis in our deeds as we care for the soul of the school. Ministries of the committee include: worship, retreats, formation, social justice and Christian service.
Christian Service :
The St. Francis Xavier School Christian Service plan is tied to our student learning objectives and the Jesuit philosophy of serving the poor and the needy. Voluntary school wide service projects and classroom service projects help our students to be “Kids for Others”. Seventh and eighth grade students participate in the "Arrupe Project" (click here to go to Arrupe Project Page).