As a Catholic school, the Academy of the Holy Names is a community of faith. The AHN Office of Campus Ministry supports this community in individual and communal growth as we all strive to live the message of the Gospel. Faith formation is a distinguishing characteristic of the Academy of the Holy Names. It is a part of every aspect of school life and crosses all grade levels from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
A key charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names is hospitality, which is extended to all members of the AHN community. Those of other religious traditions are welcomed to the school and to share in faith activities of the Catholic tradition. At the same time, they are encouraged to develop a relationship with God according to their own beliefs.
At the Academy, faith formation includes:
- Religious education courses, under the direction of the Elementary and High School Religion Departments, that provide a strong background in scripture and Catholic doctrine;
- Preparation for initiation into the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist and participation in these sacraments during the school year;
- Frequent liturgical celebrations throughout the year that offer opportunities for communal and personal prayer;
- Service to others, especially the poor and disadvantaged, through a formalized service-learning program as well as club and individual activities;
- An educational environment in which, following the Gospel message, students:
- gain skills in moral decision-making and a sense of personal and social responsibility;
- develop an understanding of themselves, respect for the person and property of others, and concern for the earth and its resources;
- learn to understand, accept, respect, and appreciate diversity within the school as well as on a local and global level.
- This ministry is directed toward and seeks to involve all members of the AHN community, including students, faculty, administration and staff.
- The Office of Campus Ministry is responsible for articulating a vision for this ministry and for acquiring and developing the necessary resources for implementing that vision.
- The central responsibilities for this office include: convening the community for prayer and worship; providing a pastoral presence on campus; facilitating social justice, community service and outreach activities; offering sacramental and educational opportunities pertinent to faith development; providing retreat experiences and overseeing the mission trip program.
- The office also has a special calling to share the charism and mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and to be sure that they are a unique and central part of life at AHN.
- Teachers and other staff members strive to be models of Christian values as they fulfill their roles as educators, mentors and nurturers.
Full Development of the Human Person
Cultivating and respecting the talents, abilities and potential of each person, contributing to the development of all aspects of a person’s life
Education in the Faith
Creating an atmosphere which invites people to live, develop and express their faith
Being a gracious, accepting and welcoming presence for each person
Dedication to Women and Children
Seeing, understanding and responding to the needs of women and children
Dedication to Justice
Committing time, energy and resources to the pursuit of right relationships of equality, justice and solidarity
Service to People Who are Poor or Marginalized
Reaching out and responding to people who are impoverished, abandoned or living at the fringes of society
Commitment to Liberating Action
Seeking with others the freedom needed to live life fully without oppression
Love for the Names of Jesus and Mary
Embracing as guide, inspiration and strength the persons and names of Jesus and Mary