As a Catholic Christian community, Archbishop John Carroll High School is a source through which each member may deepen his or her relationship with the Living God—Jesus Christ. Students integrate the truths of the faith learned in the classroom into every aspect of campus life, as well as the family, parish, and community in which they live. The Office of Campus Ministry furthers this goal by offering students various opportunities for spiritual growth through the liturgy, access to the sacraments, prayer, retreats, and Christian service. This is accomplished through the activities of our campus ministry team, CarrollforCe (Carroll for Christ every day), which forms members of our community into saints who are equipped for life in this world and the next.
Father Michael Speziale
Director of Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry Center
Room 222 (West Wing)
610-688-7610 x 125
The Carroll community encourages its students, administration, faculty, and staff to explore the riches of our Catholic identity and tradition. Community members strive to develop spiritually through prayer, reflection, and service. Holy Mass is celebrated daily in the chapel. Eucharistic Adoration is held throughout the day on the First Friday of the month, ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The school year begins with the Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit and continues with celebrations highlighting the liturgical calendar of the Church and milestones in the lives of our students. Students and faculty participate as altar servers, readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, cantors, and instrumentalists.
As a class, students participate in a retreat experience each year. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors spend a day with class members focusing on a chosen theme and examining how that theme relates to them. These retreats offer an opportunity for students to identify with classmates and explore their relationships with God and one another. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, this day provides students with an opportunity to encounter Jesus, reflect upon the movement of God in their lives, and formulate their personal response to the call of discipleship received in Baptism. The administration, faculty, and staff also participate in an annual retreat for their own spiritual growth and faith formation.
The Kairos retreat is an overnight retreat offered to the senior class four times a year at Malvern Retreat House. It is planned by teams of students and adult faculty/staff members under the direction of the Director of Campus Ministry. This powerful retreat experience focuses on friendship and unity with God, family, and classmates. Students and adults alike share life experiences as a means of identifying with and understanding one another. They speak of their own relationships and life situations, obstacles encountered, and God’s continued presence throughout. Dependence on God and one another is seen as a blessing and a gift. Those seniors who do not participate in Kairos attend a separate retreat day scheduled in the context of the school year.
In imitation of Jesus Christ, students engage in service projects such as collecting money for various missions in the United States and Central America, providing gift baskets for needy families in local parishes at Thanksgiving, and supporting Pro-Life causes. Our Theology classes, athletic teams, and Community Service Corps perform service throughout the year for many people and organizations. They exemplify the motto that the Carroll community is a people pro Deo et Patria—for God and country.