“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi
A popular motto that Archbishop Carroll has been known for these last 50 years and words that we strive to live by as a school community is that “Carroll Cares.”
We put our faith into action by loving God and loving our neighbor. We especially see Jesus Christ in serving our neighbor when working with the poor, the elderly, those with special needs, etc. Carroll offers many voluntary, unique service opportunities to help Carroll students become more simple, generous, thankful, and selfless men and women to help those in need.
One way to be of service to others at Carroll is by being a member of the CSC (Community Service Corps) student club led by faculty moderator, Mrs. Julia Young. CSC helps students get involved in the local community by visiting nursing homes and soup kitchens, making sandwiches for the poor on the MLK Day of Service, volunteering at the Special Olympics at Villanova, etc. Students also learn to be servant leaders at Carroll by organizing food & clothing drives before Thanksgiving and during Lent, raising money to buy toys at Christmas for struggling families, etc. We have developed good relationships with Martha’s Market in Norristown & St. Edmund’s Home for Children to help volunteer and be of service to the poor and underprivileged.
The sophomore and junior classes are invited to be a part of a special summer service project in Harlan, Kentucky. We have taken 20 students each summer to help the poor in Eastern Kentucky in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. We work with carpenters from COAP (Christian Outreach for Appalachian People) and we help rehab houses or build new apartments for the underprivileged in Kentucky. It is a week-long service initiative for Carroll students to get immersed in and it has been life-changing for many. They learn so much from the poor and how strong of a community they are and how simple and Christlike they act and live. It is a amazing place to see God in the beauty of nature and in the genuine love and concern of the good people of Harlan.
Every athletic team at Carroll must complete a service project. Some teams join us for our annual Christmas Carrolling visits to 2 nursing homes . Some teams have invited St. Katherine’s Day School students to teach them their sport and come to their games, and in many more ways. Catholic Athletes for Christ also come monthly to our campus to promote awareness of Christian values as an athlete on and off the field.
Our annual junior retreat takes the entire junior class to 6-7 different service locations for the day. Locations we have used in the past were CitiTeam in Chester, Sacred Heart Home Hospice in North Philly, Holy Family Home in Southwest Philly, the Our Lady of Fatima/Divine Providence special needs workshop in Secane, SHARE warehouse in North Philly, and St. Katherine’s Day School in Wynnewood. It is a powerful and eye-opening experience for our juniors and their teacher moderators by giving back to others and receiving life lessons from those we serve.
This year, we are now offering 2 Faith in Action electives to the junior and senior class. Students are taught to plan and execute retreats for our school and wider community, prayer services, Masses, service initiatives, and other special events in and outside of school. Throughout the year, students put into practice their instruction of Catholic Social Teaching by implementing campus-wide and local community social justice education and charity drives. Students assume active service roles to their peers and to start new initiatives in Catholic grade schools for retreats, coordinating new service opportunities outside of the school, and inviting new people to come and participate in Christian service experiences.