Archbishop Rummel High School has included as an integral component of its mission to educate its students in, “an environment of social awareness.” This statement directly supports the mandate of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their document, A Century of Social Teaching which reads:
“Our faith calls us to work for justice; to serve those in need; to pursue peace; and to defend the life, dignity, and rights of all our sisters and brothers. This is the call of Jesus, the challenge of the prophets, and the living tradition of our Church.”
In accordance with both the teachings of the Gospel and of the Catholic Bishops, and the example of St. John Baptist deLaSalle, Archbishop Rummel High School educates and empowers its students to respond to this call in a variety of ways:
Requiring each student to complete a prescribed number of hours of direct service each year
Full participation in the junior level retreat which focuses on the theme of social justice
Opportunities to participate in various programs which are sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. These programs include: Walk for the Hungry, Youth Rally, Diversity Discussion Group, Right to Life Mass and March for Life, etc.
The partnership of Archbishop Rummel High School with Catholic Relief Services
Activities sponsored and facilitated by Campus Ministry which seek to promote work for justice. These include: collection of food for food banks, serving food at shelters, designing lessons on justice for elementary school students, partnering with other high school students in discussion forums on social justice.
In praying the prayer of St. Francis at the end of each school day:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen