Faith Life
Student Formation and Ministry

Sophomore

In their sophomore year, Students are again accompanied by the First Years Chaplain, Ms. Amy Gembara. Students have the opportunity to encounter Christ in Scripture and service. In their Religious Studies course, “Christ: The Eternal Word,” they study the Bible through a variety of lenses.
The sophomore class celebrates Christian community at their Family Mass and learn new ways to pray in Chapel Reflections throughout the year. On the Sophomore Retreat, “Living Word: People for and with Others,” retreatants explore Scriptural themes of God in Creation, in Covenant, in Christ, and in the Spirit. In their service commitment of twenty (20) hours during sophomore year, students have the opportunity to live for and with others by building relationships with people who are marginalized.

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  • Sophomore Family Liturgy

    The Freshman-Sophomore Family Mass and Dinner will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2021 beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Holy Family Church. This Eucharistic celebration brings into focus the relationship between studying Scripture and serving people in need.
  • Sophomore Retreat

    The Sophomore Retreat is led by juniors and seniors under the direction of the First Years Chaplain. It is a unique opportunity for students to step out of their comfort zone, build new relationships with classmates and leaders, and spend time in conversation with God. There will be a lot of fun, too! Retreats take students away from the daily rhythm of school to provide them with the time and space to quiet their hearts and minds for prayer. The theme of Sophomore Retreat is Living Word. For two days, students explore Scriptural themes of God in Creation, in Covenant, in Christ, and in the Spirit, with the ultimate goal of growing as people for and with others.
  • Sophomore Service Commitment

    The Christian call to service is rooted in the life of Jesus Christ. Out of love humanity, Jesus became human and lived every day for God and for others, even to his death.

    During sophomore year, students commit to 20 hours of service ideally at *one pre-approved service site that will stretch them out of their comfort zones. They are challenged to serve people different from themselves: people who are poor and marginalized, hungry, sick, aged, homeless, or differently-abled. This commitment to going beyond familiar communities helps students live the Grad at Grad values, especially being open to growth, committed to doing justice, religious, and loving. In building relationships through service, our hope is that students will see the face of Christ in the poor, and that they might strive to be Christ's face for others. Suggestions for possible service sites include nursing homes, boys and girls clubs, homeless shelters and soup kitchens. *Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we are mindful of accommodations that best suit health and safety concerns.  Please discuss any concerns with your parents about fulfilling the above goals directly with a member of Formation and Ministry, and we will come up with a safe and satisfactory plan together. 

    Students also actively partake in Chapel Reflections through their Religious Studies class. These reflection sessions provide context, structure, and opportunities for deeper reflection on students' service. Chapel Reflections culminate in a final reflection paper due in May 2022 and focused on connections between Scripture and service.

    Students must meet with the First Years Chaplain or other FAM staff member before beginning their service. Once the site is approved, students must follow the instructions for tracking their hours online. All sophomores must have their service sites pre-approved and 10 hours completed by Thursday, December 2, 2021. The final deadline for reporting the remaining service hours for the 2021-22 school year is Thursday, April 19, 2022!

    Your First Years Chaplain is available to help you find a service site that works for you! The Formation and Ministry office is located on the third floor next to Room 330. Please come by any time!

Dates for Sophomore Retreat

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  • Locations

    • Lindenwood Retreat Center 2001 Waukegan 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN; phone 574-935-1780
    • Carmelite Spiritual Center, 8419 Bailey Road, Darien, IL; phone 800-431-8720
    • Students leave after school Thursday and return about 3:00 p.m. on Friday (1 full class day missed).
  • Dates

    • October 7-8, 2021 (Carmelite)
    • October 28-29, 2021 (Lindenwood)
    • November 11-12, 2021 (Carmelite)
    • February 9-10, 2022 (Lindenwood)
    • April 21-22, 2022 (Lindenwood)
    • April 28-29, 2022 (Carmelite)

Contact for More Information

For additional information on sophomore-level programs, please contact Amy Gembara our First Years Chaplain, at amy.gembara@ignatius.org.