Since 1854 • Bay St. Louis, MISSISSIPPI

Campus Ministry

Because of our emphasis on spiritual growth and religious values, our goal is that Saint Stanislaus students graduate with:

–      A strong belief that God loves them;
–      A willingness to respond to Jesus’ directive to love our neighbor;
–      A commitment to compassion, justice, and service;
–      A desire for a deeper relationship with God through prayer;
–      A dynamic integration of faith and daily life;
–      An understanding of the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church; and
–      A willingness to become active members in their local church communities.

The crux of the mission for Saint Stanislaus and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart is to teach Gospel values and nurture our students’ growth in hope, love, and faith—

a mission that sets us apart from most boarding and day schools in the U.S.  We see our students as deeply spiritual beings with an eternal destiny, a belief in contrast with messages from society and popular youth culture. We look upon them with the eyes of God and we try to help them see themselves with those same eyes.

Prayer

Because of the essential role of prayer in the formation of a personal relationship with God, the campus ministry program provides varied and regular experiences of prayer. In addition to leading the daily school prayer at the opening bell and at the beginning of each class, a full-time campus minister offers resources and times of prayer according to the rhythm of school life and the seasons of the Church year.

Retreats

Off-campus retreats provide intense experiences of silence, prayer, and reflection. In grades 7-11, all students take a school day for an annual day of recollection suited to their age. Seniors attend an overnight closed retreat to set a prayerful tone for their final year at Saint Stanislaus. Twice a year, the campus ministry team also offers Kairos retreats. Kairos is a four-day lived experience of Christian community for juniors and seniors.

Service Program

Saint Stanislaus Kostka’s 754 mile walk from Vienna to Rome was his way of putting his faith into action. In an effort to help students put their faith into action, the school maintains a service program, which requires each student to join in service activities with the neediest. Among these is a voluntary annual weeklong spring trip to Saint Anne Mission in service to the Navajo people in Klagetoh, Arizona.

2016-17 Service Program Letter

2016-17 Service Hours Submission Form and FAQs

Student Ministry Program

Juniors and seniors, as part of their service commitment, have the opportunity to lead their fellow students as student ministers. Within the campus ministry program, student ministry is a yearlong commitment designed to build Christian ministry skills and to enhance personal and spiritual awareness in upperclassmen. Student ministers:

  • assist in faith programs benefitting the entire school by leading daily school prayer;
  • help with peer ministry, which includes facilitating retreats; and
  • lead days of service as well as student participation in liturgies and Eucharistic celebrations.

School Liturgies

Schoolwide liturgies in neighboring Our Lady of the Gulf church help students to become “formed” in and “informed” about the Catholic faith. Special liturgical and Eucharistic celebrations correspond to the Catholic liturgical calendar. During the seasons of Advent and Lent, students are given opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Religion Classes

The primary goal of the campus ministry program is to extend the lessons of the Religion class curriculum to lived faith experiences. With the support of the whole school community, we recognize the many gifts of the Spirit within our students, faculty, and staff, and call forth those gifts for service and ministry to the school and the Church.

Students of other Faiths

Saint Stanislaus welcomes students of other faiths. It also respects, without proselytizing, the sacredness of families’ commitments to their chosen religious affiliation. At the same time, it requires that all students attend mandatory religious services, which are part of the school day, and meet the curriculum requirement of four years of daily religion class.

Campus Minister: Brother Bernard Couvillion, S.C.