Sophomore Service

"Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God."
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, Former Superior General of the Society of Jesus

As they continue their Jesuit and Catholic Formation, we expect our sophomores to be grounded in the Ignatian ideal that love expresses itself better in actions that in words. Therefore, sophomores continue to experience the joy of serving Christ in the needy and the poor among us and follow Christ’s call to build a world grounded in faith and justice.

The sophomore project has both, individual and class components:

  • Each student must design a 15-hour service project to complete before the end of their sophomore year.
  • The focus of service should be on being available for (i) tutoring/mentoring at charitable agencies and underprivileged schools, or;
  • (ii) serve in homeless shelters / soup kitchens in the surrounding greater Houston area community.
  • Many locations are listed on our website database of Service Organizations. Any location not in our database must be approved by the Service Director prior to starting your service. Other suitable projects are also welcome, although they will need approval.
  • Service may begin during the summer after freshman year is completed.

The Process and Requirements:

  • Each sophomore must think, pray and discern with his family the best place to complete his service project. Projects must be submitted to and approved by the Service Director in the Pastoral Ministry Office; pre-approval is not necessary if the project is chosen from our database (listed on our website).
  • Each sophomore must complete his Service Project by the first week after Spring Break of freshman year and will submit a Reflection component to his Theology II teacher by an April date provided by the respective Theology teacher.
  • Reflection component is worth one quiz grade. Please take reflection papers seriously.

Besides individual projects mentioned above, there is a mandatory class projects that sophomores undertake, BEAR Project (Christmas Toy Drive) between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Reflection questions for Service-Learning Project:

Describe your service-learning project. Include a description of the agency or organization you worked for during the project. What were your duties and responsibilities at the site?

How is your service-learning project experience related to your Jesuit education? How has it enabled your growth as a person striving to become a Man for Others? How does the service-learning experience connect to your long-term goals?

How has this experience impacted your value and belief system? How has your service affected your own sense of civic and Christian responsibility?

Explain why your service was important to you in your understanding and connection with a Faith that does Justice? How was your experience of doing service with your family? What was your family’s experience of the Service-Learning Project?

Reflection component is due on a date to be announced by your Theology II teacher, after required hours are met. Those who lack the required hours will affect their grade in Theology class. (see requirements on pg. 1.)

For questions, contact the Service Director via email at rdsouza@strakejesuit.org or by phone 713.448.8437.