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“Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ - for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”

- Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, 1973 (Former Superior General, Society of Jesus)

Christian Service Program

The formation of men and women of competence, conscience, and compassion in light of the teachings of the Gospel is at the heart of a Xavier education. Through Xavier’s Christian Service Program, students, in a spirit of openness to growth and Christian charity, are invited to practice a faith that promotes justice. In service to others, we come to encounter the living God in ourselves and others, put faith into action, and grow in maturation.

Direct and intentional service is required for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors to fulfill Xavier Graduation requirements. After four years, each individual Xavier student will have completed over eighty hours of Christian service, either locally, nationally or internationally..

Freshman Service - 10 hours total

  • Freshmen are expected to complete ten hours of Christian service throughout the academic year.
  • Five hours through participating in Xavier’s Easter Eggstravaganza- March 29, 2020.
  • Five hours from any non-profit, camp, or volunteer activity in the Coachella Valley.
  • Log hours into x2VOL within one week of completion in order to receive credit. 

Sophomore Service - 20 hours total, 10 hours per semester

  • Sophomores are expected to complete a total of twenty hours of Christian service at any local non-profit charity.
  • Ten hours are due by the end of each semester for credit.
  • Approved hours completed over the summer may count for either trimester.
  • Log hours into x2VOL within one week of completion in order to receive credit.

Junior Service & Praxis Program - 40 hours total

  • Juniors are expected to complete a total of forty hours of Christian service at pre-approved service sites.
  • Service should place students in direct contact with society’s poor, marginalized, and vulnerable.
  • Participation in Xavier immersion programs (East LA, Verbum Dei & Hogar Immersions, Kino Border Immersion, and more) or through Xavier after-school tutoring programs in the Eastern Coachella Valley is highly suggested and will count towards completion of the requirement.
  • Log hours into x2VOL within one week of completion in order to receive credit.
  • Students will reflect on their cumulative service experience and write a research paper in the Theology III: Gospels in Action class.

Seniors Service - 10 hours total, 5 hours per semester

  • Seniors must complete a minimum of 5 hours each semester.  A minimum of ten hours for the school year.
  • Service hours will be worth 10% of your Theology IV grade
  • Service hours must be completed at organizations, such as schools, camps, museums and events in the Coachella Valley.  You may also receive service hours for being a retreat leader, HALO and other campus leadership roles. 
  • Log hours into x2VOL within one week of completion in order to receive credit. 
  • Christian Service Hours are due by 3pm on Friday, May 15, 2020.
  • Paid work, babysitting, working with family members, and coaching Xavier Sports will not be accepted. Work directly benefiting Xavier or any volunteer/ministry during a religious service will not be accepted. Xavier actively encourages students to get more involved in their faith and school; however, these hours fall outside the Christian Service Program.
  • Only service with and through non-profits (with not-for-profit status) will be accepted. This is to ensure student safety.
  • Any hours that do not fall under Xavier’s Christian Service Program or go above and beyond the requirement may still be submitted. These magis hours will be included in each student’s service portfolio and may lead to Presidential Service Award and/or Kolvenbach, SJ Service Award.
  • Download the List of Approved Sites for the Christian Service Program

Students will receive a PASS/FAIL grade for each service level program based on completed hours. Failure to complete the required service and fulfill this graduation requirement may prevent the reception of a Xavier diploma.

 

Please contact Mr. Jeff Lethcoe, Student Ministry,  for any questions, concerns, or assistance: (760) 601-3900 x 6243 or jlethcoe@xavierprep.org.