To Be, Rather Than to Seem

Come to the heart of Jesus. I will meet you there.

-Mother Marie Rose

Fostering an interpersonal relationship with God and developing its expression within a faith community is at the heart of students' knowing God's love and being their authentic selves, made in God's image and likeness. Academy's spiritual life programs include personal and communal experiences for prayer and sacraments in formal worship and informal settings. Engaging in God's message through contemplation and the arts, students reflect and take new steps in their faith journey.

Liturgies and Sacraments: Masses take place on campus. Students serve as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, gift bearers, cross bearers as well as music ministers at each liturgy. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and a Penitential Prayer Service alternate between Advent and Lent.

  • Mass of the Holy Spirit (August)
  • Feast of Blessed Marie Rose Liturgy (October)
  • All Saints Day Mass (November)
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception Liturgy (December)
  • Epiphany Mass (January)
  • Catholic Schools Week Mass
  • Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Mass during the Easter season

Prayer Services:

  • Adoration (Fridays weekly)
  • Core value reflections (first and second semester)
  • SNJM Heritage Week (October)
  • Advent/Lenten Reconciliation and Penitential Services

Retreats: Retreat experiences provide sabbath time for deepening one's relationship with God, growing in self-knowledge, and building community. Because retreats are a significant part of learning to lead spiritually rich lives, pre-and post-retreat reflection is built into the theology curriculum.

  • Annual Grade-Level Retreats (required): Each grade participates in a one-day retreat during the school year appropriately themed for their high school journey. Retreats take place during the school day and are held both on and off campus.
    • Grade 9: Bloom Where You’re Planted (growing in faith & integrity)
    • Grade 10: Daughters, Remember Who You Are (knowing your identity and your AHN sisters’ identities as beloved daughters of God)
    • Grade 11: I Have Called You by Name (recognizing your unique gifts and call to share them with the world)
    • Grade 12: Semester I and II Days of Recollection (preparing for transitions through R.A.F.T.: reconciliation, affirmation, farewells, and thinking destination)
  • Kairos (optional for juniors & seniors): Meaning “on God’s time”, this three-day, peer-led retreat calls participants to deeply reflect on their Christian living and call to follow Christ more intentionally among a community of disciples. Past Kairos retreatants can be nominated to become a retreat leader. This retreat is held in early January.
  • John 15 (optional for students in Mission & Ministry groups): This retreat prepares students in our groups for the school year and gives them the tools to be disciples of Christ. This retreat is held a week before school begins in August.

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