Service Objectives

Commitment and service-learning are the core objectives of our Christian Service Program.


A Commitment to Service

The heart of Bellarmine's Christian Service Program is providing experiences for students where they are engaged in direct service with groups who are often marginalized in our society. A variety of service opportunities provide for both direct and miscellaneous service. Students must be attentive to the type of hours they are trying to fulfill. Service must be completed off-campus in non-profit agencies. These hours must be completed after school, in the evening, on the weekend or during school break, but not during actual class time. The CSP office provides transportation and supervision for students to engage in local service work. Graduation from Bellarmine is contingent on fulfilling all academic and Christian Service Program requirements.

Love has hands to help others. It has feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of me. This is what love looks like.

St. Augustine

Service-Learning

Service-learning is a methodology that connects active learning with planned service that meets a community need. Ideally, in service-learning, students become active practitioners of their own education. They take the knowledge imparted in the classroom and apply it to a concrete situation. Research has shown that there is a significant benefit to service-learning programs over volunteer programs. Curricular integration deeply enhances the success of the assignments as well as our goals for our "graduates at graduation."

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Yearly CSP Requirements

  • Freshmen complete at least 15 hours in service with children. Providing tutoring assistance at an elementary school is a common form of service. 
  • During their sophomore year, students spend another 15 hours working with the elderly or individuals who are physically or mentally challenged. Many assist with Special Olympic activities, or work with agencies such as HOPE Services.
  • Juniors commit their 15 hours in agencies that offer a “preferential option for the socio-economically disadvantaged.” In most cases, this means that students complete their hours working in soup kitchens or homeless shelters.
  • After having been exposed to a wide range of service opportunities, seniors are able to focus their attention on a single agency in favor of a more in-depth experience during their 30 hours of service. At the conclusion of the senior year, students write a reflection paper about their Christian service and what it has meant to them.