Connelly is blessed with a vibrant faith community, where Catholic Christian principles are taught and modeled. This lived faith is evident in activities that promote spirituality, respect for all faith traditions and social justice, inspired by Cornelia Connelly's philosophy of "actions, not words." A commitment to others is fostered at Connelly that engenders a joyous personal relationship with God in addressing the challenges of the world. This development of spiritual life encourages, as Cornelia Connelly did, each student to "be yourself, only make that self all that God wants it to be."
Led by the Director of Campus Ministry, and the student team known as "The God Squad," the program focuses on Masses that celebrate holy days or seasonal events, (such as the opening of school, Thanksgiving or Ash Wednesday), the sacrament of Reconciliation, morning prayer, prayer services, retreats and service to others. All members of the Connelly community participate in Campus Ministry activities, and are all called to leadership and service. The sharing of values and beliefs is celebrated, as students and faculty learn from one another. "Students at Cornelia Connelly School are called upon to model Jesus Christ and to take an active role in the faith tradition to which she belongs." - Connelly Philosophy
Masses and/or prayer services are held at least once monthly for the entire school. These are planned to speak to the needs and concerns of teens, and often include multicultural and ecumenical elements. Parents, family and friends are always welcome to join these liturgical celebrations. Dates and times are posted in the school calendar and the monthly Connelly Courier.
The retreat program offers one, full-day, off-campus retreat for each grade level as well as for faculty. This provides a time and place to be still and to focus on listening to what God is telling us, to build and strengthen relationships and to explore new ideas related to spiritual growth nurtured in the roots of Cornelia Connelly's directive to "be yourself, only make that self all that God wants it to be," honoring her wish that we "be faithful to God's call and grace that will lead to an almost unlimited elasticity and simplicity of spirit among us."
An outgrowth of experiencing God's love for us is a desire to serve others with compassion and reverence for the uniqueness of each person, as Jesus taught us to do. Service is an integral part of the Connelly experience as evidenced by the participation of students in the many service projects within the local community, both planned and informal, individually or in groups, and including students, faculty and staff. Our entire school participates annually in All-School Service Day - when we serve our community with volunteerism. Alumnae are invited to participate also. (For more information on service, go to the Community Service page of this web site.)
Click here for Service Hours Verification Form
Click here to view: Senior Service Project Guidelines (What's required for your presentation)
Click here to view: Guidelines for a Successful and Meaningful Service Learning Project