The gospel value of justice is an important element of Catholic education and Catholic social teaching. At STVM, The seven themes of Catholic social teaching, as identified by the US conference of Catholic Bishops, are taught in religion classes and reinforced throughout our curriculum. We have fostered a partnership between our Religion and Social Studies departments, which encourages teachers to develop joint projects so students can apply their knowledge of social justice concepts to real world problems and concerns. We encourage field trips and in-school presentations related to social justice topics. Our new Social Justice Center, a large multi purpose room on the second floor, includes a meeting space, a classroom and a resource area with computers and support materials.
As part of the graduation requirement, each STVM student completes 25 hours of service per year. Of the 100 total hours served, 25 must be in social justice. Many students go well beyond the required hours. Collectively, our student volunteer more than 15,000 of service hours each year.
Other social justice activities at STVM include:
St. Brigid's Fire
Books for the Bahamas
Right to Life
Educate the Congo Project
Harvest for Hunger