Ministry at Donovan embodies the school’s commitment to the spiritual development of our students. Through worship, retreats, and service, we give students the resources to build the practice of Christian living, and to form a personal relationship with Christ that will sustain them in all other areas of their lives.
“If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze.”
St. Catherine of Siena
Worship and Liturgy
We celebrate Mass on campus once a week, offer the sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as hold various other student-led prayer services during the seasons of Advent and Lent. The chapel, which always contains the Blessed Sacrament, is open throughout the day for personal prayer.
At Donovan, service is a way of life. Students complete 10 service hours per semester, including grade-level specific service projects in the spring. Opportunities for reflection in theology class underscore that service is not an isolated event or an external requirement, but an ongoing lifestyle that transforms ourselves as well as our community.
During the Fall semester, class-specific retreats give students the opportunity to explore their growth in faith on a more intimate and intentional level. Students hear testimonies from faculty and peers, and explore different topics with small groups.
The theology curriculum is separate but linked to Ministry at Donovan. Over the course of four years, students learn how to approach and interpret Scriptures, the origin, purpose, and celebration of the Sacraments, the characteristics of Christian moral living, and the Church’s role in society, all in the context of the life, mission, and continued presence of Jesus Christ. What students learn in theology fuels their spiritual development in ministry, and their growth in faith in turn nurtures a desire to learn more of God in the classroom.