Faith & Service
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School seeks to enhance the spiritual life of our student body through worship and personal growth activities which are meaningful, prayerful, and engaging for spiritual seekers of the 21st century. The Campus Ministry Team collaborates with every department to represent various ages and stages of life. Each person brings wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm to do God's work to discover and reveal the Sacred Heart of Christ. Ministry happens in intentional ways, and just by chance; through planned activities and through simple presence and listening.
- Masses celebrate our students’ needs, feast days, and seasons
- Creative, student-led prayer services explore varied ways to give praise
- Prayers, including making time for silence and stillness, occur during the school day
- Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered in Lent
- The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed in times of greatest need
- Retreat Days offer an experiential component to the curriculum
Inspiring students to be responsible, compassionate members of society is integral to our program. Our students learn firsthand how their actions have a direct impact on the world around them.
Through our Helping Hearts program, each grade level at Oak Hill supports a community service project as a class.
- JK3 and JK4 support Birthright St. Louis.
- Kindergarten supports Heifer International.
- Grade 1 supports Hardin Center.
- Grade 2 supports Sacred Heart School in Uganda.
- Grade 3 supports St. Patrick Center.
- Grade 4 supports Sunshine Ministries.
- Grades 5 and 6 support Mary Ryder Home.
Through our Service Learning program, Villa Duchesne students in grades 7-12 individually commit to a community service project.
- Grades 7 & 8 are required to perform 10 hours of service each year outside the school day.
- Grades 9 –11 are required to perform 20 hours of service each year outside the school day.
- Grade 12 are required to perform 40 hours of service beginning the spring of their junior year through the beginning of December of their senior year.
You will find our students visiting elderly residents in nursing homes, supporting individuals impaired by physical disabilities, cleaning up a park or advocating for care and protection of our natural environment, learning about local and international issues of human rights abuses, supporting teachers and tutoring students in schools, collecting and distributing donated goods for individuals and families facing economic hardship, and visiting, assisting, or preparing food for the homeless.