Why We Serve
Welcome to Damien High School’s Christian Service Program.
Saint Damien, father to the lepers on Molokai, has continuously offered an example to our Damien community of Christ’s compassion and charity in action. Saint Damien stands as a model of what we are called to be in the world, regardless of what path we chose to take after Damien. As such, all of our efforts in Christian Service, whether on campus or off, are done “In the spirit of St. Damien. Christian Service at Damien High School offers students the opportunity to move beyond the walls of the classroom, and to take academic theory and Christian faith into the local community. Christian Service engages students in socially responsible action that offers substantive, compassionate, and faith-filled service that makes a difference. Students are challenged to take leadership in new and ongoing projects in collaboration with nonprofit organizations working to bring healing, hope, and transformation to those living on the margins.
Christian Service seeks to empower students to take responsibility in their wider community, and to act as an embodiment of God's love for all creation. Christian Service encourages students to survey immediate and long term social needs, and to take measures in addressing these needs by taking part in servant-leadership projects that nurture relationships, encourage hope, transform lives, and help build a better community. In this service, students are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain marketable experience, and engage in faith-filled action that will leave a lasting imprint on their character.
Christian Service involves all grade levels of Damien High School students in an experience that meets all of Damien’s Expected Learning Outcomes. Christian Service encourages students to be serious about making a difference in the world, understanding that the values embedded in this work will enhance their overall development while at Damien. It is our hope that these values will remain a fundamental part of their lives as they make their way into the global society.
Our Christian Service Core is an exceptional group of Spartans who are looking to make Christian Service a significant part of their Damien experience. The Christian Service Core is comprised of seniors from our Christian Leadership class along with underclassmen who have maintained satisfactory behavior and academic progress. Together this team gains extensive experience in developing and administering the programs supported by Christian Service. Those involved at this level become project managers, working together on and off campus, with community partners, to provide Christian Service opportunities for the entire Damien student body.
Matthew 14:13-21 “…Jesus said to them, ‘There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.’”
Matthew 25:40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
“Service programs at Catholic high schools can excel at putting the faith of Catholic teens in conversation with Catholic Social Teaching and with the world’s pressing needs. In particular, service programs with a strong reflective component are a socially-engaged approach to adolescent faith formation and an effective means of encouraging a sense of purpose among adolescents.”
Connell, S.J., Martin
Whatsoever You Do: Helping Students Think Deeply About Service Experiences
Christian Service Contact
Mr. Stephen Patten
Christian Service Coordinator
(909) 596-1946 x261