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Spiritual Retreats and Service


Our retreat program recognizes that each person is created, body and soul, in the image and likeness of God, and that discipleship is a lifelong calling.

None of us is a complete or perfect disciple. We don't pass a mysterious test and suddenly finish growing in faith. The spiritual life, like all of life, has highs and lows. Growing in our discipleship is a lifelong process, and retreats serve as reflection points along the journey. We retreat because Jesus set the example Himself, by retreating to out-of-the-way places to pray, alone with God. 

Through the sacraments, prayer, formation, and our retreat program, we seek to support the formation of each student in spirit, human flourishing, intellect, and in their pastoral needs.

Retreats count as a school day, and participation is required for high schoolers according to Diocesan policy. Students who miss their retreat for any reason —excused or unexcused — will be required to complete the material under the supervision of a pastoral ministry team member.

Here are the following retreat opportunities for each class:

The Christian Service program at Saint Joe provides students the opportunity to serve God, the Church and the world. 

Every student possesses unique gifts granted by God. At Saint Joe, we aim for students to discover their gifts, and to apply them in ways that benefit others, particularly the poor and marginalized. Students complete a minimum of 20 hours of unpaid service to non-profits annually, engaging in the real-life application of Catholic Social Teaching or enacting a Spiritual or Corporal Work of Mercy. We hope to develop a culture of service that extends well beyond a student's four years of high school, and that becomes a lifelong commitment for every graduate. 


 Service Based Learning Requirements (SBL)  

SBL is required of all sophomores.  It is also required of Juniors and Seniors who transfer into Saint Joseph High School.  SBL fulfills one of three graduation requirements for the State of Indiana.  SBL has a total of 7 assignments involving reflection and a presentation of a final project.  These are done concurrently with the 20 hours of service.  These assignments can be found in the SBL course in Canvas.  This is also where assignments are submitted. Successful completion of SBL appears on a student's permanent transcript.

Service Based Learning and Graduation Pathways

The State of Indiana's requirements for high school graduation include "employability skills." Students who complete Service Based Learning demonstrate this competency. At Saint Joe, every sophomore engages in Service Based Learning, thereby fulfilling this component of the graduation requirements. 

Click here for more information related to Graduation Pathways.

Aidan's MasterpieceFounded in memory of Aidan Short, a member of the Class of 2019 who passed away his junior year, Aidan's Masterpiece is a student club committed to service. Aidan was known for his bright spirit and readiness to serve others, and his calling lives on through a new tradition at Saint Joe.

Every month after All-School Mass, one student organization passes the candle to another; inviting the next group to be of service in the month ahead. This continuity of service done in Aidan's memory has become a cornerstone of the student experience.