Josephinum Academy’s Campus Ministry Program seeks to foster each student’s personal relationship with God. The program provides sacramental experiences of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, all-school prayer services, interfaith prayer opportunities, small group prayer in the school chapel, and rituals demonstrating a variety of approaches to prayer. At Josephinum we welcome young women of all faiths and backgrounds and greatly respect the individual beliefs they bring with them that enrich and strengthen our diverse community and our celebrations.
Celebrations and Masses
Celebrations and practices center around the liturgical seasons, including Holy Days and Feasts of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, and Blessed Pauline Von Mallinckrodt. Other important celebrations and traditions include:
- Black History Month celebration and mass
- Mater mass
- Annual Conge celebration
- Goal Awards
- Junior Recognition Ceremony
- Bacalleureate Mass
Compilation Holy Spirit Celebration
Since we weren't able to hold our traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit this year, Josephinum joined virtually with our sister Sacred Heart schools here in Chicago - Woodlands Academy and Sacred Heart Schools (Sheridan Road) - to compile a lovely Holy Spirit Blessing Prayer Service with each school providing different elements of the service.
The Campus Ministry Program strives to engage the leadership of faculty, staff, and students alike. Class retreats provide our students with the space and time to explore their own beliefs and goals for the future while building community with one another. Josephinum makes every effort to enable students to integrate learning and service into a life of faith.
Traditionally, Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors have the opportunity to attend single-day off-campus retreats as shown below, while Seniors look forward to the annual Kairos retreat which is a three day, two night overnight experience.
- Freshman Retreat (Community themed) - Strength in Numbers: A Goal IV Retreat
- Sophomore Retreat (Service themed) - Love in Action: A Goal III Retreat
- Junior Retreat (Leadership themed) - Leaders Without Limits: A Goal V Retreat
Josephinum Academy’s Service Learning Program provides a unique opportunity for students to grow in their personal journey of self-discovery and their relationship with God. The program is inspired by the five goals of the Sacred Heart Network and the values of our founding order, the Sisters of Christian Charity. Josephinum guides and encourages all students to find service experiences that will be meaningful to their spiritual and intellectual growth. Our service learning model provides opportunities that nourish students and combines both action and reflection, acknowledging that each Josephinum student is called to be challenged in a different way.
Josephinum students have exciting opportunities for collaboration and fellowship with students at other Sacred Heart schools through award-winning Sacred Heart Network summer service programs, national and international exchange programs, and leadership workshops. Josephinum girls have traveled to Peru to work in an orphanage, visited Sprout Creek Farm in New York to study ecology, traveled to San Diego to serve the developmentally disabled, and worked to reform the juvenile justice system right here in Chicago.