The Upper School supports a wide array of service apostolates as well as many service projects throughout the year. Student-led and supported by our faculty, these apostolates are a prime opportunity to form generous--magnanimous--servant leaders, to give back to our local community, and to serve those in need--and above all, by serving those in need, to serve Our Lord himself.
Each students makes a year long commitment to join the apostolate(s) of his or her choice. Each apostolate is dedicated to a particular charism, inspired by the corporal or spiritual works of mercy:
The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his is spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God. Catechism of the Catholic Church 2447
Note: Students may receive community service hours for the direct service they complete – this does not include time spent in meetings or in preparation. See Service Requirements and Opportunities for more information and how to log hours.
Our Service Apostolates Include:
Led by: Jill Stedman
Charism: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty
Focuses on the "neediest" of Atlanta - the hungry and homeless. We visit the soup kitchen/homeless shelter, and work with the Atlanta Food Bank. This is primarily a junior high apostolate with support from high school student leaders.
Led by: Beth Van de Voorde
Charism: bury the dead, respect life
Supports the pro-life cause in various ways such as monthly rosaries, participation in the Atlanta Right to Life speech contest, and a trip to the Washington, D.C., March for Life in January.
St. Catherine's Closet
Led by: Karin Tarrant
Charism: clothe the naked
Girls work to provide fashionable and modest clothing to the teens and families attending Mass at Centro Catolico. They will collect and organize donations of clothing and then distribute them once a month.
St. Joseph's Cohort
Led by: Pete Radosta
Charism: shelter the homeless
Students are immersed into real world situations where great help is needed in order to improve the basics of life. Students will be actively engaged in assisting those less fortunate through works of home repair and/or construction both in the Atlanta area and during a one-week summer trip out of Georgia.
Led by: Thomas Clements
Charism: instruct the untrained
Brings together HSP students of all ages, inspiring leadership in Upper School students to guide Lower School students in leadership formation and activities throughout the year.