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As a community with members from all over the world and a wide variety of religious traditions, Flintridge Sacred Heart celebrates the beauty and Veritas (truth) of every faith. Our rich diversity enhances the spiritual growth of the community individually as well as collectively.
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Student painting depticting the Campus Ministry room where members of the Christian Ministry Leadership Team gather to plan Masses and other events

Campus Ministry Program

The tradition of St. Dominic de Guzman underscores everything that happens on the Hill. The Catholic Dominican Order, which he started more than 800 years ago in Spain, pursues the vision of Veritas (truth) through the four pillars: prayer, study, community and service. 

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Sister Carolyn receives communion from Alyssa Adriano '21

Retreats

Students at each grade level participate in spiritual retreats led by adult and trained peer counselors. 

The spiritual journey that each student embarks upon begins her freshman year, with a one-day retreat with her classmates and continues through our four-year retreat program. Retreats include a four-day retreat to Catalina Island for juniors and a four-day Kairos retreat for seniors.

By the time she graduates, she is a young woman who understands and appreciates her value and the gifts that she brings to the world.

Kairos retreat
Our four-year retreat program: freshmen (upper left) focus on building relationships on campus, sophomores (upper right) go on an overnight reatreat, juniors (bottom left) travel to Catalina for an eco-spirtuality retreat and seniors (bottom right) explore their relationship with God during their Kairos retreat

Leadership Opportunities

The faculty Campus Minister trains students to minister during liturgies, prayer services, retreats and community service opportunities. Each grade elects its own campus minister to lead peers in prayer during class meetings, while the ASB campus minister embraces the campus at the beginning of each day with a prayer over the public announcement system. Students are trained as campus ministers, as journey leaders and as Kairos leaders — all of whom lead retreats.

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"I am grateful for the opportunities Flintridge Sacred Heart has given me to deepen my Dominican faith, specifically as a member of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team and by attending the Dominican Preaching Conference in Michigan"
—Amanda Vigil '15

When I think of spirituality at Flintridge Sacred Heart, I think of laughing

By Ally Clapp '14

Specifically laughing,

Loudly with my friends during the skits that accompanied the homilies at every school Mass,

Unexpectedly when I found myself feeling so peaceful and relieved while shedding sincere and much needed tears with my small group on Junior Retreat,

And frequently with Mr. D’mello, before, after and/or during World Religions class (and still with Mr. D’mello on the occasional FaceTime call)

That’s perhaps not the image that comes to mind if you just say “faith” or “Catholic” or “spirituality” but I can think of almost nothing else when I think of the way I grew to know God at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Spiritual stuff often gets painted (sometimes literally painted— think of all the stern saints you’ve see on the walls of churches) as this very serious and somber, quiet, personal and reverent thing, which it can be and is in many cases. But on the Hill and everywhere else since, I’ve come to know growing closer to God as unavoidably intertwined with a deep sense of joy.

Incorporating the Dominican Pillars

The four Dominican Pillars inform and inspire the work of the campus ministry program in many ways, including:

Four Dominican Pillars at Flintridge Sacred Heart

Prayer

We set aside time in classes, assemblies, retreats and liturgies to join together in prayer. Special intentions for our students, families, community and world are remembered. Prayer is celebrated through spoken word, music and dance.

Study

We cherish the fact that Flintridge Sacred Heart is a faith community within an academic setting. This setting allows students to study faith and spirituality within four years of religious study.

Community

We celebrate our strength as a vibrant faith community, ensuring that we gather together to mark special religious, seasonal and academic occasions. Each grade gathers together multiple times during the year for retreats.  

Service

We expect each student and family to give back to their communities. While each student must complete a minimum number of service hours in a year, many go above and beyond through their continued service to the poor, the young, the elderly, the disenfranchised and the earth.

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440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
626-685-8300

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Flintridge Sacred Heart, a Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory, day and boarding school, educates young women for a life of faith, integrity, and truth.

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