Serving and Loving God: The Spiritual Life at St. Xavier High School
Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, believed that humans are "created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save their souls." With this in mind, the men and women of St. Xavier High School take the spiritual life very seriously. The school's programs and mission, which are rooted in the Catholic Jesuit tradition, are designed to make St. Xavier a place of abundant spiritual and religious growth for students, as well as their families, St. Xavier alumni, faculty, and staff.
While all people of St. Xavier participate in this mission in some way, two groups hold special responsibility to serve as spiritual catalysts within the St. Xavier community. The Campus Ministry Department works through liturgies, retreats, and other ministries to make the reality of God present to all within the school. In that same spirit, the Community Service Department helps St. Xavier students and alumni to walk in solidarity with the world's poor and marginalized and to become leaders in the service of God's people.
Both of these departments, as well as the school itself, find roots in Ignatian Spirituality, which is practiced by millions of people, both lay and religious, around the world. Ignatian Spirituality stands at the root of the mission of the Society of Jesus, whose members serve St. Xavier High School. Over the years, dozens of St. Xavier graduates have gone on to serve the Church within the context of Jesuit Vocations.