Spiritual Life

Spiritual life and development are woven into every day at Villa Maria. Practice of faith is encouraged through Daily Prayers, Rosary Devotion every Wednesday morning, First Friday Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all day, and regular Communion Services. Annual Retreats are scheduled for faculty and students and Eucharistic Liturgies for the school are planned throughout the year.

Campus Ministry

Villa Maria is a Catholic Christian Community, rooted in Gospel values and steeped in Catholic tradition, that dedicates itself to calling all members to a deeper relationship with God.

The role of the Office of Campus Ministry is to organize a variety of religious celebrations that provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to experience and share faith on a day to day, year to year basis.

Chapel

Our Chapel is located on the first floor of the Regina Mundi Building. All are encouraged to make frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament and to write prayer requests in the Intention Book found there. If your family has a prayer request it may be called into the Main or Ministry Office.

Practice of faith is encouraged through Daily Prayers, Rosary Devotion every Wednesday morning, First Friday Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all day, and regular Communion Services. Annual Retreats are sheduled for faculty and students and Eucharistic Liturgies for the school are planned throughout the year.

Family Prayers

Each Wednesday the Rosary is offered at 8AM and Communion Services are offered at the beginning of each lunch period for all our families, friends, and world peace. Daily Communion Services are offered during Lent and Advent. Twelve families will be prayed for specifically at these times.

Altar Servers

By virtue of our baptism in Christ, some of us are called to serve as ministers of the liturgical assembly. Altar Servers assist before, during and after school liturgies.

Senior Peer Ministry

Peer Ministry is open to seniors who have participated in a Kairos retreat and who are interested in developing and nurturing spirituality in themselves and in the student body. This group forms a community of Christian leaders who engage in private and shared prayer and who are trained in communication sills. Members help to plan retreats, including the writing of retreat talks. Participation in at least one undergraduate retreat is required.

Retreats/Kairos

Kairos retreats for seniors are held during the summer months.

Service

Children of Mary Organization

Each student attending Villa Maria participates in the spirituality that flows from the school’s oldest and best loved tradition. This tradition is expressed through the Children of Mary, an association characterized by prayer, service, and devotion to the Church through Mary, Mother of the Lord.

Before the feast of the Immaculate Conception, all sophomore students are inducted into the association of the Children of Mary. All new students have the opportunity to enter at this time. The works of service are organized for the entire school by a moderator, an assistant moderator and elected officers. Some girls choose to take a more active role in the organization by serving as representatives for their homerooms and/or by volunteering to give of their time and talents to the various service projects conducted by the organization.

A scheduled meeting is held on the fourth Monday of every month. Various service projects take place on the first, third and fourth Mondays of each month. During specific drives, the officers, chairpersons, and some members are responsible to give additional hours of service. Some projects include: Annual Mission Drive, Thanksgiving Food Collection, Christmas Giving Tree Project, and volunteer service at the Salvation Army and at Camilla Hall. As other occasions arise, students respond to the calls for special service.

Speak Up!

SpeakUp! is an educational organization that brings together urban and suburban Youth, Educators, and Parents/Guardians to explore and address the issues affecting the quality of their lives and society. Through intensive interaction, SpeakUp events emphasize the development of communication skills to foster productive dialogue at home, at school, and within the community. It is through this dialogue that participants are able to tackle the issues that are harming the values and morals in our world, empowering them to make informed decisions for positive life choices in order to “Make A Difference.”

This event is held at Malvern Preparatory School each year.