mission and ministry
The Mission and Ministry program acts as the “heartbeat” of Delbarton School, providing opportunities for students to seek and encounter God and His love for them, as well as to respond to that love through lives of faith and service.
Students share Catholic and Benedictine values and build bonds of brotherhood on high energy retreat weekends. Days of Recollection are specifically designed to meet the spiritual needs of our middle school and senior classes. The morning meditation on a passage from the Scriptures or the Rule of St. Benedict, celebrations of the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, school-wide prayer services and small group prayer experiences all help students to “make space” amidst their active lives to “listen with the ear of their hearts” to the Lord’s voice (The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue, 1) and to raise their hearts to Him.
Our community service program is an expression of the Benedictine charism of hospitality that welcomes everyone as Jesus Christ (The Rule of St. Benedict, 53:1, Matt. 25:40) and seeks to inspire in our students a true humanism which “acknowledges that man is made in the image of God and wants to help him live in a way consonant with that dignity” (Pope Benedict XVI, God is Love, n. 30). With a project for every heart and every schedule, community service at Delbarton affords each student the opportunity to give himself with passion and commitment to those in need, and to develop into a “servant leader.”
Annually, a team of six student Campus Ministers (seniors) is appointed by the Director and Assistant Director of Mission and Ministry to lead the Campus Ministry program. Juniors and seniors are selected for leadership positions in the program as Retreat Team leaders and Service Project Coordinators after an application process.