Catholic Campus Life
At St. Brendan High School, we are interested in what students learn and in who they will become. We strive to foster an experience of faith, knowledge, hope, and charity that can only be achieved through a true Catholic education.
Education comes from the Latin “educo”, which means, “to raise up.” To educate is to help someone grow, not only physically, but in all areas. “Educo” also means, “to lead out.” Education entails drawing out something that is inside each student so that they can find their destiny. If the child wants to go from Miami to New York, he/she needs a map. Our School provides students with the maps they need to properly understand their lives and our global world, so that they can discover their interests and personal goals, and become authentic individuals.
This all takes place through a true Catholic education guaranteed by the Archdiocese of Miami. In fact, St. Brendan is largest archdiocesan co-ed high school in Miami-Dade County. The faith that Catholic children practice in their parishes and schools is continued and enhanced at St. Brendan through weekly masses, periodic confessions, daily prayer before every class, numerous retreats, community service learning programs and multiple religious activities. Our students learn not to be content with the little things, because a real and lived experience of faith, knowledge, hope and charity constantly enlarges their souls.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith (CCC 1324). It is at the Mass that we can truly encounter Christ. Every week, we celebrate grade level Masses and once a month, come together as an entire school community for the celebration of the Eucharist. In the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent, we have prayer services for the entire family to grow in their faith. Students have the opportunity to attend daily Communion Services in the morning, before classes begin in our Chapel. Confessions are held each quarter and all students are invited to participate in this Sacrament of mercy.
Students who have not received all of their sacraments of initiation, have the opportunity to do so by attending sacramental preparation classes beginning in November and concluding in the spring. This is followed by a Confirmation Mass, which is usually celebrated in the Seminary Chapel in March.
As a Catholic School we recognize that our main goal is to enter into a personal relationship with Christ. Campus Ministry exists to provide students with ongoing spiritual formation and unique experiences to serve others and ultimately God. Campus Ministry is open to all students, especially those who have a desire to go deeper into their faith. They go through training on how to lead retreats, small groups, and how to share their testimony.
Campus Ministers serve as leaders for our grade-level retreats as well as our Middle School retreats which we offer to some of our local schools. They also help plan and execute our Ignites, service opportunities and other faith activities. They strive to be a witness of the faith through prayer and primarily by how they live their daily lives.
In the midst of the stresses of life and school it is important to take time apart in order to allow God to renew our strength and to speak truth to our heart.
Our Campus Ministers lead the student retreats throughout the year. During their Freshman and Sophomore years, the students are encouraged to attend a one-day retreat. The Juniors are invited to attend Junior Journey, which is a two-day retreat that focuses on finding our identity in Christ. The Seniors are encouraged to attend a three-day retreat called Encounter, which is an invitation to enter into a deeper relationship with God. These experiences become memorable and powerful experiences that shape their identity as Catholics as we prepare them to take ownership of their faith, as they move on to college.
Our faith is not only instilled in our students but in our faculty and staff as well. Each year the faculty and staff attend a retreat in which they partake in prayer service, talks by members of the religious community and celebration of Mass. Additionally, all of our faculty are catechist certified.
In an effort to encourage our students to put into action and continue what they have learned through retreats and Theology classes we have created Ignite. Ignite is a youth group setting offered to our students once a month as well as grade-level Ignites, which are held every semester. This is a great opportunity to grow not only individually but as a class and ultimately as a school.
“Do not conform yourself to the things of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may know the will of God, what is good and perfect” Romans 12:2