Spiritual Life

Faith in Action

The sacraments and the prayer life of the Church provide a message of hope in a morally uncertain world. We work with students to learn the moral certainty of faith and to come to understand it as the foundation of a successful life. If it is the nature of youth to question, we seek to appeal to their curiosity and in doing so imbue in our students an appreciation and compassion for other people, to develop a genuine desire to do good works, and to come to a greater understanding of faith as a relationship with God and a relationship with others.

Students at Mount St. Joseph come to the study of faith at different levels and from different backgrounds. Whatever their understanding or belief, our goal is for them to experience real growth in their faith, to develop something they can keep with them that will help make them better people and, through that faith, to love God and neighbor.


To develop faith as a personal experience—to make it real—students put their beliefs into practice through community service and by being outside exploring God’s kingdom. Every year, each class—first, second, third and fourth-year students—participates in a daylong retreat where we seek to build community and to provide them with a sense that faith exists outside of school, outside of the classroom.

Each year, under the supervision of the office of Student Life, all Academy students take part in Project Help, building and distributing food baskets to needful families during the Christmas season. The students spend an entire day going door-to-door collecting non-perishables and another day building food baskets and delivering them to families who have requested assistance. It puts a real face on faith and connects MSJ students to their community in a unique and powerful way. Our role is to help students put their faith into action so that people of all beliefs can grow in love of God.