Service retreats attempts to immerse St. Xavier High School students in a different culture where their experiences foster sensitivity and appreciation for the struggles of the poor and disenfranchised. This appreciation is becoming more critical in our increasingly diverse world.
Since the early 1970's, St. X service retreats help broaden the scope of community service and add another dimension to the moral, spiritual and intellectual formation of our young men and their chaperones. Simplicity of lifestyle is a hallmark of the retreats.
Appalachian Service Retreat
This retreat is a three-day experience in rural Appalachia cosponsored by Glenmary Volunteer Farm in Vanceburg, KY and is designed to acquaint St. X students with rural Appalachia's customs, way of life and gracious and welcoming people.
Service activities include housing rehab construction and visiting the elderly and disabled. Each evening concludes with a reflection around a bonfire in the midst of the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. This retreat typically occurs in January.
The community service programs are instrumental in providing the type of transformative experiences that are the hallmark of a Jesuit education. While developing relationships and serving those different than themselves, St. X students learn to appreciate the struggles of the poor and disenfranchised.
These volunteer experiences challenge students to examine their lives in terms of Christian justice – leading students to acknowledge their many blessings.
St. Xavier greatly values the time and energy that the students commit to this important program. Service activities are invaluable to the success of St. Xavier's mission of forming “Men for and with Others."