The Peer Ministry class is offered as an elective in the Theology department for our students in the high school. It is for those who are willing to do more for Christ, who want to sustain their prayer and sacramental lives, and who want to become the Christian leaders that our world needs.
Peer Ministers prepare and carry out most of the pastoral activities in our school and, at the same time, keep up with the academic curriculum required for their grade level. These pastoral activities include our retreats and days of reflection, prayer services, and liturgies.
Criteria for Peer Ministers
- It is understood that a student who wants to serve as a Peer Minister does not have a record of misbehavior or academic dishonesty.
- A willingness to DO MORE for Christ.
- An attitude of service and completion of at least the minimum school service requirement.
- Demonstrates age-appropriate maturity.
- Observable signs of initiative and leadership.
- Demonstrates interest in development of a prayer life.
- Participation in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church.
- A grade point average of 3.0 or more.
- Students who are interested in Peer Ministry and meet the above criteria will choose this class in the Course Selection Form.
- The Assistant Principal for the High School or the Director of Technology will compile the list of those students who have chosen Peer Ministry and will send said list to the Director of Campus Ministry.
- The Director of Campus Ministry will seek recommendations from other teachers and Spiritual Counselors of each grade level.
- The Director of Campus Ministry will ascertain that the above criteria are met.
- The Director of Campus Ministry will then return an amended list of future Peer Ministers to the Assistant Principal or the Director of Technology.
- No student will be admitted to Peer Ministry unless he is approved by the Director or the Principal of the School.
- All Peer Ministers will follow the academic requirement of their particular grade level.
- All Peer Ministers will participate in a one-day retreat for them at the beginning of the academic year. For the Senior Peer Ministers, this will be a 3 day Ignatian retreat.
- All Peer Ministers may be asked to participate in the school liturgies.
- All Peer Ministers may be asked to lead retreats for parishes of our archdiocese or for parochial schools.
- All Peer Ministers are expected to participate in ministerial activities on selected days after school and/or in the evenings. These dates will be announced ahead of time.
- Freshman Peer Ministers will prepare and lead Days of Retreat for the 6th and 7th grade classes.
- Sophomore Peer Ministers will prepare and lead Days of Retreat for the 7th and 8th grade classes.
- Junior Peer ministers will participate in the 9th grade Hurtado Experiences and in the Kairos Retreats offered to other Juniors and to Sophomores. They will be scheduled on an individual basis to the service of the altar during HR Masses.
- Senior Peer Ministers will prepare the Days of Retreat for the Sophomore classes, and the Senior Encounter.
- The dates of the retreats mentioned above will be published in the school calendar at the beginning of the school year.