As a Catholic institutional leader, Pius XI High
School is called to a mission of service that is grounded in the love of Christ
and the faith of the Catholic Church. Our students develop the faith and
virtues that lead them to greater personal responsibility and service to
As such, Pius XI Campus Ministry seeks to inspire the community with a
creative, engaging, and systematic “call to the Spirit.” No student, staff
member, or visitor should be able to get far in the building without being invited, by some clearly evident
medium, to be attentive to the presence and call of God. It is the constant
endeavor of those charged with this ministry to evoke the collective
imagination of the school toward how God is present among us, and how we ought
to respond to that Presence. This occurs in many ways:
- An expanded retreat program including: an all- freshman overnight,
sophomore retreats related to moral decision making, and junior/senior retreats
during which students consolidate the meanings of their high school
experiences. Pius is also offering
Kairos retreats for the first time this
- Service opportunities organized through the Campus Ministry Club,
courses and staff initiatives.
- Student-prepared liturgies:
Monthly Eucharists with the entire student body and more frequent
liturgies organized through theology classes Prayer services also are scheduled.
- An active pastoral presence: students and staff regularly seek out
spiritual direction from the Campus Ministry staff and theology teachers. Their
presence is evidenced through: retreats, daily prayer, all-school liturgies,
hospital visitation, pastoral presence at funerals and during times of tragedy,
and extraordinary outreach.
- Seasonal, devotional practices are facilitated in conjunction with
the schedule of the Theology Department. Entire classes encounter the Stations
of the Cross, the Rosary, practices of Meditation, and Prayer Path (Labyrinth) activities
are a regular facet of a Pius student’s experience.
The entire Pius XI staff
are responsible for “equipping our students to live their lives in light of the
Gospel” (Pius XI mission statement).
Towards this end, staff members participate in faith formation
throughout the year, humbly recognizing that they are called to teach as Jesus