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Spiritual Life

 

Christian Service
Service to one’s community and world is integral to your Bishop Diego education. Our program is not just about service, it is about service-learning. As a school we want students to reflect on their service, to gain understanding about people’s lives, and to witness how our society does and does not take care of its most vulnerable members. Through our theology curriculum and in our daily campus lives, we focus on social justice and Catholic Social Teaching and the part that each of us plays to bring this about in our world.

Annual grade level requirements are designed to meet our students at a developmentally appropriate place with the goal of fostering the values of service and justice in each of them. Our objective is to teach students about social justice and the effects of injustice in our local community and world. The most effective teachers of these lessons will be the people our students serve -- those people who understand what injustice means because they have lived it; those people who have ended up on the sides because they are different.

A minimum of 25 hours of Christian Service is expected each year, freshman through senior year. Numerous opportunities for service volunteers are available at all times on and off campus. Please visit the Christian Service bulletin board in the Mission Center for current opportunities.

Campus Ministry
Called the heart and soul of Bishop, Campus Ministry serves the school community in many ways. Under the direction of the Campus Minister, a team of Senior students meet in class daily to pray and prepare for Bishop's liturgies, prayer events and retreats and they are responsible for implementing those preparations by putting on Masses, prayer services and retreats. They assist in the education and training of underclass students in liturgical matters and spirituality and they involve themselves in the school wherever heart or soul is needed. In addition, they are involved in Christian service programs and strive to involve the entire student body in those community outreach projects.

Liturgies
The student body, faculty, and staff gathers approximately once per month as a community of faith through liturgy. All-school Masses are held in the Main Gym. On these days, the gym is transformed into a sacred worship space. Recognizing that each student is on his/her own personal faith journey, all are made to feel welcome at Mass. Pastors from our local Catholic parishes graciously visit on these days to celebrate with the Cardinal community.

Retreats
Each year, all students participate in class retreats. These spiritual retreats allow students to deepen their faith and share experiences of faith with one another beyond the classroom. Our freshmen and sophomores experience a one-day retreat (off-campus) in the fall and a mini retreat in the spring with peers from their respective class. Juniors have the wonderful experience of a two day, one-night overnight retreat in the fall (off-campus) and a mini retreat in the spring with their class. Culminating in the senior year, the graduating class participates in a Kairos style retreat over the course of three days, two-nights, off-campus.

Adoration
Our school community is blessed to have local parishioners visit our school chapel each day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to pray. Eucharistic Adoration is a practice in the Catholic Church along with some other Christian religions in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by the faithful. At times, students visit the chapel to participate in adoration as a part of their theology classes.

Bishop Garcia Diego High School  4000 La Colina Rd., Santa Barbara, California 93110 Telephone: 805-967-1266 Fax: 805-964-3178
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