Service and Social Justice

Service is an integral part of our lives as Christians. Scripture tells us, “as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace,” 1 Peter 4:10. Pope Francis reminds us that we “must open [our] arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick . . . .”

As proud stakeholders of Villa Maria Academy High School, we need only look to our mission statement which proclaims in part that the Villa community, through the charism of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, “empowers young women to lead lives of spiritual growth, intellectual inquiry and Christian service.” Villa Maria invites our students to journey with the two feet of a Christian: service and social justice. Service and social justice should be a journey with our brothers and sisters in need. As one enters into this journey with people whose life experiences differ from our own, the participants are transformed as is society. Service and social justice are internalized and become a mission. Villa Maria encourages our students to undertake this journey joyfully and, in doing so, to reach the following objectives:

  • to discover and use their God-given gifts and to share these gifts with others,
  • to connect the academic curriculum with an educated, meaningful response to the needs of the community so that they use their academic and social abilities to improve the community,
  • to reflect on issues of social justice and respond to them in accordance with Catholic social teachings
  • to develop as leaders, problem solvers, and women of God, and as such, to remember the words of St. Alphonsus Liguori: “He who trusts himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things.”

Service and Social Justice Organizations, Projects, and Trips

Service and Social Justice sponsors the following initiatives and groups:

  • Service Learning
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Service immersion trips
  • Villa Maria Food Garden
  • Crocheting, Chat, and Chew Club
  • Global Sisterhood Initiative
  • Respect Life Club