The gospel value of justice is an important element of Catholic education and Catholic social teaching. The seven themes of Catholic social teaching hold a central place in our theology classes and are reinforced throughout our curriculum. We encourage field trips and in-school presentations related to social justice topics. In addition to the individual service activities that our students complete, we provide a variety of opportunities for involvement in social action to promote justice and further the Kingdom of God. Some programs vary from year to year based on current events and needs. The list below recounts a sampling of our social justice outreach.
Social Justice Activities at STVM
Books for the Bahamas
- Collection of books to be delivered to learning centers and libraries in the Bahamas. Sponsored by the National Honor Society.
Right to Life
- Collection of baby items for needy mothers through Adopt-a-baby and participation in the annual Life Chain and Pro-Life march in Washington, DC.
Educate the Congo Project
- Collection of equipment, supplies and money for learning centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sponsored by the French Club.
- Holiday collection of food and gifts for area families in need.
Harvest for Hunger
- Annual collection of food for families in need.
Pennies for Patients
- Annual spare-change collection for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Operation Rice Bowl
- Annual Lenten almsgiving program to provide funding for Catholic Relief Services.