Christian Service

All students must complete 80 hours of service before graduating, but many far surpass this goal. In fact, our average senior class puts in an average total of 16,000 hours before they leave our gates!

Caring for others is a fundamental part of our Catholic faith and Salesian tradition, and our academic and co-curricular programs work in tandem to reinforce this important virtue. While our Religion classes and Campus Ministry programs help students build the intellectual and spiritual foundations for a lifetime of service, our robust Christian Service Program provides girls with opportunities to put their knowledge and beliefs into practice.

Each year, we offer dozens of service projects in the local area, across the country, and beyond our borders. These opportunities might include rebuilding homes in New Orleans, reading to youngsters in Peru, or breaking bread with the homeless here in DC. Some students prefer to choose—and sometimes even create—their own service projects with the approval of our Christian Service Director. Either way, these experiences shape our girls dramatically. Students walk away with broadened perspectives and stretched comfort zones, with a feeling of fulfillment and a sense of purpose.

2015-2016 Projects

  • Pack-a-Backpack Drive
  • Christian Action Service Club
  • McKenna's Wagon
  • Saturday School
  • Gold-White Canned Food Drive
  • Winter Shelter Dinners
  • Pine Ridge Immersion Trip
  • St. Francis Inn Trips
  • Vistory
  • International Service Trip

Service trips provide an opportunity to go outside yourself and see a world different than your own. This is an important step on the road to becoming a woman of faith, vision, and purpose.

A Visitation senior

To love our neighbor in charity is to love God in man.

St. Francis de Sales