Campus Ministry & Christian Services
“Faith is the substance of all things……” Hebrews 11: 1
Mater Dei Prep fosters a climate of appreciation for faith and spiritual values and offers its students encouragement and hope in their personal journey of faith. Mater Dei Prep’s spirit of community is strengthened by coming together to celebrate our Catholic faith and reliance on God. Students have countless opportunities throughout the school year to nurture their spirituality and to experience the joys and responsibilities of helping others by sharing their talents and time. Mater Dei Prep Chaplain, Fr. Richard Osborn, is available to all students to discuss questions about the Faith or just to talk.
- We begin each day with prayer.
- We begin each school year with prayer.
- We prayerfully follow the liturgy of the Church throughout the school year.
Each year time is set aside for students to participate in retreats. The goal of the retreats are for the students to deepen their own faith, hope and love of God.
“A retreat refreshes and revitalizes, gives the opportunity for more time spent in prayer and contemplation, and rekindles and deepens one's relationship with God” (Monastery Theology).
Each year at Mater Dei Prep High School, campus ministry and the religion department (along with the entire MDP community) will provide an opportunity for each student to experience a day of prayer and reflection; a retreat day. As a school community we root ourselves in Catholic Tradition led by scripture and infused with the teachings of Jesus. Not only will students have an opportunity to learn about and strengthen their knowledge of the Catholic Church during regular class time, but they will also be able to explore their relationship with God and Christ through other opportunities such as the retreat day.
Freshman Retreat Day: “Behold, I Make All Things New” (Revelation 21:5).
Freshmen will explore how Jesus constantly calls us to newness and friendship. The focus will be on how our relationships with each other are a direct reflection of our friendship with Jesus. The day will include the celebration of the Mass, an opportunity for confession, prayer, reflection, meditation, group work and an opportunity to strengthen one's relationship with God.
Sophomore Retreat Day: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
The sophomore class retreat will focus on service. As members of the Body of Christ, Jesus invites His followers to a life of selfless love. Students will organize and run an in-school service project that involves the whole student body. Upon completion of the project, students will have a retreat focusing on Christian service as part of daily living.
Junior Retreat Day: “Do Not Let Kindness and Truth Leave you; Bind them Around Your Neck, Write Them on the Tablet of Your Heart” (Proverbs 3:3).
God Himself is love. The junior class retreat will center around love as action. Focus will be on how daily acts of love and kindness are evidence of our active relationship with Christ. Seeing God in the everyday and in the ordinary is something juniors will be able to recognize and reflect upon through various activities throughout the retreat.
Senior Retreat Day: “And when He had taken some bread and giving thanks, He broke it and gave it to them saying, “This is my body which is given for you; do this is remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19).
Seniors will have a choice to either attend the four-day Kyros retreat and/or a retreat with the theme of remembrance or remembering. This retreat will be held outdoors. Through a meal together, prayerful hike, contemplation on the Stations of the Cross, and Mass, students will focus on how suffering and trials in their life can lead them closer to each other and ultimately closer to God. Kairos is a unique faith formation experience where senior students have an intense and extremely personal encounter with God. Guided by a priest and led by their peers, students examine their role in God’s community.
Christian Service is an integral part of the Mater Dei Prep experience and permeates our school culture. The Student Advisory Board runs food, clothing, Christmas toy, and Easter candy drives throughout the year. Campus Ministry assists in coordination of these activities. In addition, Campus Ministry provides opportunities for “hands on” work in soup kitchens, after-care programs, nursing homes and food banks.