CAMPUS MINISTRY

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Our Campus Ministry program is the heartbeat of Delbarton School. Common prayer and worship, retreats, Days of Recollection and service projects teach and reinforce our Benedictine Catholic values, build bonds of brotherhood and develop our young men into authentic servant leaders. Given the importance of these programs, our goal is to continue to offer them with modifications and, when necessary, provide alternative virtual models during the 2020-21 school year.

Retreats

Modified retreats remain mandatory for all students while classes remain in session.

Senior Class and Middle School Days of Recollections

  • St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison will accommodate our groups with safe social distancing.
  • Masks are required.
  • Transportation provided by Delbarton
  • Middle School Date: Oct. 21
  • Senior Dates: Oct. 7Jan. 20Mar. 17

Freshman Retreats

  • On campus with talks in larger spaces (FAC, Church, Gym) and small groups in classrooms or larger rooms on campus.
  • Prayer experiences, Mass, and Confessions in the Abbey Church. Masks required.
  • No on-campus overnight stays: Parents pick students up in evening. Parents drop off students in the morning.
  • Freshman Dates: Oct. 30-31Nov. 13-14Dec. 4-5

Sophomore Retreats

  • St. Joseph’s Shrine in Stirling will accommodate our groups with safe social distancing.
  • Sophomore retreats will emphasize social justice, with an emphasis on the 7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Students leave each morning by bus for the Shrine. Parents pick students up from Delbarton in evening. Parents drop off students at Delbarton in the morning.
  • Sophomore Dates: Oct. 8-9; Dec. 10-11; April 8-9

Junior Retreats

  • St. Joseph’s Shrine in Stirling will accommodate our groups with safe social distancing.
  • Students would leave each morning by bus for the Shrine. Parents pick students up from Delbarton in evening. Parents drop off students at Delbarton in the morning.
  • Junior Dates: Oct. 28-30Jan. 27-29Mar. 23-25

Service and Prayer

Community service remains an important component of the Delbarton Experience. This year we strive to maintain our service program while respecting COVID modifications that protect the health and safety of our students and the partner organizations we serve.

Service

  • We will host a virtual Community Service Fair on campus.
  • We will take signals from the state guidelines on social distancing and the volunteer policies of our partner service agencies.
  • We will seek ‘indirect service’ options, combined with a more intensive service-learning component.
  • Food and Gift Drives will take place; In-person delivery may be modified.
  • In the event of remote learning, we intend to offer virtual service programs.

Prayer

  • School Masses and Lauds will be held in the Abbey Church with a select group of students in pews, and live streamed to students in classrooms during M block. For Masses, Holy Communion will be distributed in hallways, classroom-by-classroom.
  • Daily Mass continues in St. Martin Oratory with social distancing and masks.
  • Confessions continue in St. Martin Oratory with social distancing and masks.
  • First Friday Adoration with sign-ups continue.
  • Small prayer meetings and contemplative prayer will also continue.

For questions pertaining to retreats and service projects, please contact Director of Mission & Ministry Dr. David Hajduk at 973-538-3231 x3015 or DHajduk@delbarton.org.

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