The Campus Ministry is an important part of daily life at Damien Memorial School. Through retreats, community projects, liturgies and other activities, students explore their personal faith and give of themselves in service to others.
An example of this was an immersion trip to the secluded community of Kalaupapa on Molokai. The experience helped students and their chaperones develop a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made by Saint Damien and Saint Marianne Cope in addressing the physical and spiritual needs of Hansen’s Disease sufferers.
Other Campus Ministry activities include:
- Prayers offered over the public address system every morning and during special circumstances.
- Visits by guest speakers to discuss the Catholic faith.
- Prayers by coaches and student athletes before and after each practice to emphasize the importance of Christian values and good sportsmanship.
- “Days of Recollection” retreats enabling eighth graders, freshmen, sophomores and seniors to reflect on their lives, interactions with others and relationships with God.
- One-day community service projects, such as hands-on activities at the Paepae o He’eia Fishpond and Papahana Kuaola taro patch, to promote awareness among sixth and seventh graders of something greater than themselves.
- “Bagels with the Bishop” breakfasts in which clergy talk to seniors about Catholic life.
- Encounter Retreat, a voluntary program for upperclassmen at Camp Homelani in Mokuleia. This four-day experience allows students to deeply contemplate their relationships with other people and with Jesus Christ.