The Holy Cross Social Justice Program stems from the life and teachings of Christ who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor…liberate to captives…recovery of sight to the blind (Lk4:18-19). The four-year program offers students knowledge and lived experiences of the tenets of Catholic school teaching in society, opportunities to develop compassionate awareness through contemplative prayer and finally, students are invited to put this love and knowledge into action through the preparation of a capstone project senior year.
It is through the pillars of Being Family, Bringing Hope, Building Respect, and Educating Hearts and Minds that students may come to understand what our founder Blessed Basil Moreau meant when he said that ”we must be, first of all, so closely united in charity as to form but one mind and one soul; for, as you well know, in union there is strength” (Circular Letter 1 Moreau 1835).
With the new Holy Cross Social Justice program, students enter into a unique space in which course content, service activities and their retreat experiences facilitate a rich praxis, making the transition from their formation as Holy Cross men and women to transforming themselves and the world around them, applying newfound knowledge to the challenging circumstances and problems they encounter in society.
Theme: Being Family
Nine-grade students are expected to complete a minimum of ten (10) hours of service.
5 hours due Monday, December 7, 2020
5 hours due Monday, April 12, 2021
These hours will be complete in keeping with the “Being Family” theme — women’s shelters, children’s services, tutoring children, etc. these hours will be submitted in the student’s second-semester Theology class and will be part of a graded assignment for the course.
Theme: Bringing Hope
The focus for the second year of the social justice program is “Building Hope.” Tenth-grade students are expected to complete a minimum of fifteen (15) hours during their sophomore year.
7 hours due Monday, December 7, 2020
8 hours due Monday, April 12, 2021
The mandatory hours must be done in any of the pre-approved sites found below.
Theme: Building Respect
The focus for the third year of the social justice program is “Building Respect.” In this phase of the program, the foundation of the capstone project will be set within the context of student’s coursework in Moreau’s Social Justice Seminar.
As part of the seminar, all students will participate in a two-day service retreat and will receive 15 hours for this time. Beyond those 15 hours, students are also asked to complete an additional 20 hours of service of their own, which will be approved by their Social Justice teacher in accordance with their capstone project goals.
10 hours due Monday, December 7, 2020
10 hours due Monday, April 12, 2021
In the Social Justice Seminar, students will build the foundational questions and cultivate new insights toward their capstone projects, which will be due during their senior year. This course serves as a cornerstone for the capstone project — a culmination of volunteer experience during their time at Moreau — and inspires our students to become active agents of change, advocates for the poor and vulnerable, and individuals whose passions and talents connect with the needs of the world.
Theme: Educating Hearts and Minds
The focus for the final year of the Social Justice program is “Educating Hearts and Minds” and students are expected to complete their Senior Capstone Project.
Senior Capstone Project
The Senior Capstone Project allows students to live out the charism of Holy Cross. Their project equips them with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges.
Students investigate real-world problems through multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing data from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments.
We want our students to embrace their talents and use those talents to change and transform the world, and encourage them to present their projects in a TEDx event, introduced at Moreau in 2021.
*Seniors will be given a Social Justice Capstone Guideline Packet outlining the details/information about the project.
*Fall/ Spring Cohort due: April 12, 2021