Campus Ministry


"Be then like the Holy Child Jesus in your thoughts, in your words, and in your actions."

Cornelia Connelly 

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.

Christian Service

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.


Communion Breakfast

Fathers and daughters bond in this longstanding tradition, now enhanced by an alumnae speaker.

Lessons and Carols

Before we head off on Christmas break, we gather to celebrate Jesus’s birth in a liturgy filled with song and delivery of the Advent Angels’ charitable gifts.

Epiphany Celebration

One of the more beautiful and longstanding traditions, the Living Nativity always features the most recently born baby in the Holy Child community.

Stations of the Cross

Another moving tradition, Holy Child students reenact the stations with the contemplative attention of their classmates.

Baccalaureate Mass

The sacramental capping of the senior year, this special Mass the night before graduation celebrates family and a chance for spiritual reflection on the Holy Child experience.


Student Life Staff

Julie Burke
Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2239

Jackie McCarthy

Associate Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2114

Elizabeth Billett
9th and 10th Grade Counselor
301.365.0955 x2116

Alice Mercer

11th and 12th Grade Counselor
301.265.0955 x2228

Lindsay Davis
Director of Counseling and Middle School Counselor

301.365.0955 x2198

Katia Vargas
Multicultural Diversity Coordinator
301.365.0955 x2195

Catherine Albornoz
Campus Minister
301.365.0955 x2223