Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School strives to form students who will go into society prepared to serve as Christian leaders and apostles, using their talents in service to their community members and working to build a more just and equitable society. Apostolic stewardship of our local community allows students to encounter Christ, to imitate Christ, and to grow closer to Christ through service.
Our stewardship program aims to cultivate in our students a sensitivity and responsiveness to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of others. By performing works of mercy in our local community, students are awakened to their own ability to make a difference in the lives of those around them.
Students organize and participate in a range of stewardship projects, with 10 hours of apostolic outreach and service required per year in High School. Students are encouraged to surpass this minimum requirement as they come to recognize their unique abilities to serve those in need.
Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School will provide a variety of officially sponsored stewardship events during the school year. The stewardship coordinators will arrange transportation, chaperones, and scheduling for these events. Students are required to fulfill a minimum of 5 hours of their stewardship requirement through MDCHS-sponsored events, and are encouraged to participate in these events far beyond the minimum requirement.
Opportunities for MDCHS-sponsored stewardship may include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Service at the Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela, including the Thanksgiving Food Drive.
- Christmas Adopt-a-Family through St. Joseph's Charities.
- Volunteering at the Athens Area Homeless Shelter
- Tutoring students at Fowler Drive elementary school
- Other events to be announced during the year
If transportation needs or other concerns make it difficult for a student to participate in any of these events, the stewardship coordinators will work with the student to find other service opportunities.
Students will also have the opportunity to volunteer with other community service organizations. A list of officially approved service organizations will be distributed to students and posted on the stewardship web page. Students may contact these organizations independently and contribute their talents in whatever way meets the organization's needs.
Students who wish to work with an organization that has not been previously approved may receive approval in advance by submitting a Stewardship Pre-Approval Form to the coordinators.
Stewardship of our School
Students will be offered opportunities during the school year to contribute to the growth and maintenance of our school community. These opportunities will be announced in advance. Students are required to contribute a minimum of 3 hours of stewardship to their school community, and may count a maximum of 5 hours of school-based service towards the fulfillment of their requirement.
Documentation and Reflection
In order to receive credit for service hours, MDCHS students must receive and complete a service form. This form should be signed by a contact person with the host organization. Students are responsible for returning the completed form to the school's service coordinator. The required 10 hours of service must be completed by the end of the school year.
Students who participated in service work over the summer may count a maximum of 5 hours towards their yearly requirement.
The stewardship coordinators will maintain files for students documenting the various types of service they performed during the year. This record will allow students to see how they grow in awareness of and responsiveness to the needs of their local community.
Students will write a short reflective essay on their participation in the stewardship program as the year comes to a close.
Many of our students choose to devote themselves to stewardship “above and beyond” our minimum requirements. Students are encouraged to document their service even after meeting the 10-hour minimum. There will be year-end recognition for various levels of stewardship.
The administration of the school reserves the right to place students in service opportunities if it is reported that a student is in jeopardy of not fulfilling the service requirement.