Service and Outreach
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” (St. Augustine of Hippo)
Works of mercy are an integral part of formation at the Academy. Students accompany classmates on at least one service trip per year to satisfy graduation requirements.
Each class concentrates on a different area and work of mercy:
- Freshmen serve at Note in the Pocket, a local non-profit organization that concentrates on providing quality school clothing for students in need. To learn more, please visit: Note in the Pocket
- Sophomores serve at the Catholic Parish Outreach food bank. Visit their website to learn more: Catholic Charities Raleigh
- Juniors care for the elderly at Cadence Senior Living Center in Wake Forest, visiting residents in the main facility and in the memory care unit.
- Seniors work the land at First Fruits Farm, a ministry that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to families in need. To learn more, please visit First Fruits Farm.
The service day begins with Mass or Morning Prayer. As St. Peter Julian Eymard said, “In one day the Eucharist will make you produce more for the glory of God than a whole lifetime without it.”
Each service day also usually includes a stop for breakfast or lunch. This provides important social sharing time outside the academic environment. The day concludes with a time of reflection.
Opportunities to serve our community provides students with an invaluable life lesson in the joy of self-giving. This experience inspires young men and woman to want to do even more for their neighbors and deepens awareness of one’s own blessings. Service and Outreach engenders a lifelong desire to see Christ in others.