In our friendly, tight-knit school community, our students know that we have greater expectations for them and hold them accountable for their actions. At Fenwick, we focus on the development of character and faith in responsible young men and women. For tomorrow’s leaders, look no further than Fenwick.
Our Campus Ministry program challenges students to recognize and develop their God-given gifts and talents in order to serve others in need. Campus Ministry works with our administration, our guidance department, and our religion department to provide students with opportunities to put Catholic social teaching into action.
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS
Faith Formation, Liturgies, Prayer & Sacraments
Opportunities to grow in character and faith
At Fenwick, we offer opportunities to grow in character and faith through school-wide, class-wide, club and team liturgies and prayer services. These liturgies and services are an important part of our school community.
Our chapel is open each day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for private reflection and prayer. A "special intention" prayer book is located outside the chapel. These intentions are remembered each day in prayer and at Masses.
Small group opportunities for prayer and to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation are offered in our religion classes throughout the year, and during Advent and Lent.
Leadership training and opportunities for students
Our Campus Ministry Peer Leadership program is one of the facets of Fenwick’s “Personal Best” program and offers hands-on leadership skills training. The goal of this program is to develop a group of students who, when trained in leadership skills, choose to use their talents and skills to help others. Students are welcome to participate in the Peer Leadership program beginning in their sophomore year. Consult the school calendar for specific dates.
The opportunity for student to reflect on life
Our school-wide retreat program is offered for all Bishop Fenwick students, by grade, during a required school day. In the fall, there are freshman and sophomore retreats created and facilitated by the Campus Ministry office, Peer Leaders and faculty. In the spring, there is a junior retreat and senior reflections day. The retreats are designed to share common encounters with an entire class and provide an understanding of the Catholic faith outside of the classroom setting. Students engage in icebreakers, discussion, witness, activities and Mass in a full school day time period. All three day long retreats are structured around Pope Francis’ message of the succession of love: love of God, love of self and love of others.
Freshman Retreat- Love God
Students learn about the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Creator. In conjunction with the Freshman Religion curriculum, students learn and experience integral elements of the Catholic Faith especially reverence, study and piety. In addition, students are introduced to community and Christ being the cornerstone of our “Fenwick Family”. The community is not just meant to SURVIVE but THRIVE!
Sophomore Retreat- Love Self
Students will take an inward reflection on self as they face their gifts, talents, abilities and inabilities. The retreat focuses on the dogma, Imago Dei, in which everyone is created in the image and likeness of God. Students are empowered by activities and discussion to understand they are immeasurably valued in this community and world: God does not make junk!
Junior Retreat- Love Others
Students are given the opportunity to look back at their school community. The integral message is forgiveness of self and others. Students are called towards teamwork and discipleship, not isolation or separation. Along with Mass, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available. In conjunction with the Junior Religion curriculum of Morality and Catholic Social Teaching, students learn ways to uphold the value of life and act in solidarity.
Senior year, students have from October to May to complete their Senior Service Project. Through coordination in Campus Ministry, students serve at a non-profit organization for forty hours. On Senior Reflections Day, students share their experiences, whether positive or negative in small discussion groups. Students finish the day with a final Mass held outside right near the school's pavilion. This provides a reflection break between Senior Exams and Senior Events, which students can truly be still in God’s presence and reflect on their past high school journey and their new journey to come!