The spiritual atmosphere at Marian Catholic sets it apart from other area high schools. In support of Marian Catholic's mission, four years of religious studies and required annual retreats are augmented by a vibrant Campus Ministry Department.
Campus Ministry implements programs that contribute to the spiritual welfare of the entire Marian Catholic community and develops a Catholic religious environment that fosters a deepening personal relationship with Christ through Christian formation.
Strengthens Christian community and personal relationships with Christ through annual class and faculty retreats; including Kairos, a four day optional retreat program senior year.
Provides the opportunity for pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and vocations through a part-time chaplain, and two full-time campus ministers.
Provides a strong sacramental presence through weekly morning mass, all school Eucharistic celebrations, reconciliation services, and special masses. In addition, the department helps those students interested in receiving the Rites of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). In addition we offer non-sacramental opportunities to pray as a community through Thanksgiving and Lenten prayer services.
Promotes social justice and advocacy through participation in the Peacebuilders Initiative and collaboration with Archdiocesan functions, as well as through our Lenten mission drive.
Enables students to assume leadership roles in the spiritual lives of the community through participation in the Dominican High School Preaching Institute for Students; training students to assume liturgical roles such as Eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers, and music ministers through our Liturgical Choir. Student participation is promoted in retreat planning for all levels and in training seniors to be retreat leaders for all of the class retreats.
Nurtures ties between the Archdiocese of Chicago and students home parishes and churches, and seeks to maintain student connections to the Church through college visits of recent grads.
Helps to further enhance the Dominican charism of the school community by integrating the pillars of community, prayer, study, and preaching in all of its programming. Every year campus ministry selects a theme that is infused into all aspects of Marian life. The 2015-2016 theme focuses on the Pillar of Study and allows us to reflect on the words of St. Catherine of Siena: "One who knows more, loves more."
Growth in faith is at the heart of the Marian Catholic mission. The life of the spirit -- religious studies, retreats, and participation in the Eucharist and prayer services -- permeates the curriculum, integrating faith and life.