Faith & Life

 Peer Ministry

The Peer ministry program offers our students a way to develop and share their gifts and talents to facilitate faith development at Archbishop Shaw.  This organization is open to any student who wishes to be a witness for their faith in a leadership capacity.

Peer ministers undergo training to be more effective leaders and are responsible for many aspects of faith life in the Archbishop Shaw community such as:

  • Leading class level retreats
  • Assisting with school liturgies
  • Striving to be an example of Christ to others

Sacraments

At Archbishop Shaw we recognize that taking part in the Sacraments are a key factor in successfully living a faithful Catholic lifestyle.

  • The Eucharist is celebrated once a month as a community.  On these days our students wear their formal uniforms out of respect for the Mass.
  • We offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation three times a year; though students are free to schedule time if they wish. It is important that our students have an opportunity to experience the love and forgiveness of God.

Adoration is available weekly on Wednesday with the Dead Theologians Society. They meet from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm to relax, hear about the Saint of the week, and conclude with Adoration.  All students are welcome: Shaw, Academy of Our Lady, etc.


Retreats

Over the course of a students career at Archbishop Shaw High School, all students will have had several retreat experiences. Each year students go on a grade level retreat which is held at the school and led by the Peer Ministry Students.  These retreats are themed and give students an opportunity to reflect on their faith formation as they develop into young men of faith getting ready to go out into the world.

In addition to the grade level retreats, students can apply to attend Salesian Leadership Retreats which brings together students from all of the Salesian schools in the Eastern half of the States.  These retreats are called the October Leadership Retreat & the March Leadership Retreat which are held in the months of their given name.  These retreats focus on preparing junior students to lead the school in faith during their senior year.

The students are also given an opportunity to apply for Gospel Roads service retreats during the summer months.  These retreats have a heavy community service component and is held at different Salesian communities across the country.