"Be then like the Holy Child Jesus in your thoughts, in your words, and in your actions."
Our founder, Cornelia Connelly, reminds us to “be yourself, but make that self all that God wants it to be.” Campus Ministry provides Holy Child students opportunities to retreat, to pray and receive the sacraments, and to serve the wider community, in order to help each girl become all that God wants them to be. The Campus Ministry Department supports all members of the school community - students, faculty, parents, and alumnae – in deepening spiritual growth and a personal faith commitment. We develop student leadership in these areas, teaching students about elements of liturgy, training them as retreat leaders and Eucharistic Ministers, and encouraging them to explore ways to serve the wider community, to become leaders in the area of Christian service.
We begin each school day and community gathering with prayer. We also gather weekly as a whole community for “prayer blocks”, student-led spiritual assemblies held in the gym. These introduce students to a variety of ways to pray – through worship, song, meditation, traditional prayer, study of the saints and liturgical seasons.
Each class participates in an annual retreat to reflect, pray, laugh, and be together as a community. Each has a theme for that grade and is an opportunity for personal spiritual growth. Our retreat program spans from sixth to twelfth grade and includes student leadership, with students in older grades serving as retreat leaders and mentors to younger students.
Dynamic presiders and beautiful music enhance our monthly Eucharistic liturgies. Students play roles as readers, cantors, choir members, altar servers, gift bearers, and Eucharistic ministers, as well as the all-important role of being the liturgical assembly.
Our students complete at least 5,000 hours of community service each year. Through our partnerships with Potomac Community Resources and Best Buddies, Catholic Charities, Christ Child Society, among others, our students serve people in need in our local community. Students complete required service hours during their time at Holy Child, to give them opportunities to share their gifts with our wider community and to explore a variety of service experiences so that service becomes part of their lives both at Holy Child and beyond.
Student Life Staff
Dean of Students
Associate Dean of Students
9th and 10th Grade Counselor
11th and 12th Grade Counselor
Director of Counseling and Middle School Counselor
Multicultural Diversity Coordinator