Bishop Ward High School Campus Ministry
Faith in Action
Campus Ministry Updates
Bishop Ward is committed to its students developing a deep, personal relationship with Christ. The mission of Campus Ministry is to give them the opportunities to participate in the fundamental elements of Catholic life while helping them to determine God's will for them in their lives.
Seniors kicked off the year with a retreat at Antioch Park. Seniors had a BBQ lunch and then listened to a presentation by Mr. Dan Shaver, (math teacher) on Christ-like Leadership. Students broke into smaller groups and discussed how to set an example for their peers and to live out the call that Christ has for them personally. Senior homerooms competed as teams in the "Homeroom Olympic Games." The day concluded with outdoor Mass with Fr. Anthony Oulette.
Feast of St. Francis
The feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Bishop Ward’s patron saint was celebrated on Oct. 4, the Friday of Homecoming week. Students signed voluntary pledges to remain alcohol-free during Homecoming and then could take their picture in St. Francis’ photo booth.
Mass for the feast of St. Francis was celebrated on Dorney Field. The whole school participated in the opening procession led by the homecoming court and student activities banners. Monsignor Mike Mullen spoke in his homily about what St. Francis had in common with each of the classes at Bishop Ward. He encouraged the student body to try to relate to Saint Francis and turn to him for guidance, especially when studying science. The Mass concluded with the annual blessing of the freshman class, officially welcoming them into the Bishop Ward family.
Service Projects & Community Involvement
• 24 National Honor Society students spent a Saturday morning cleaning up the grounds at Sanctuary of Hope Prayer and Retreat Center. They worked hard spreading mulch and hauling fallen tree branches away. There was a true team spirit and group effort to get the grounds cleaned up.
• Bishop Ward students provided hospitality for the opening of Lumen Christi monastery with the Little Sisters of the Lamb. They participated in Mass with Archbishop Naumann and ushering guests on the grounds of the new monastery. The Community of the Lamb is a mendicant religious order in Kansas City that follows the spirituality of St. Dominic and seeks to spread God’s mercy to all their neighbors.
• Students from Bishop Ward’s Key Club sponsored a school-wide hygiene item drive Oct. 28 -Nov. 1. They collected items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, and razors that cannot be purchased with food stamps. All items were delivered to Catholic Charities food pantry and will help families in need in the KCK area.
Adoration with Archbishop Naumann
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. The student body spent an hour of worship, meditation, and silent time with Jesus, present in the Eucharist at St. Peter’s Cathedral. Archbishop Naumann led the whole school in prayer, urging them to ‘fall in love’ with Jesus Christ.
Ten Bishop Ward students attended the Project Andrew dinner on Oct 27. These students gathered with young men from other schools to eat, reflect, and discuss how to discern what God is calling them to do. They had the opportunity to meet local seminarians and young priests and have their questions answered.
Students and faculty spent time in prayer with Archbishop Naumann during the all-school Ash Wednesday Mass on March 5. The Archbishop then stayed after the service to talk with students and enjoy lunch. Ash Wednesday kicks off 40 days of Lent, a traditional period of fasting, prayer and giving to the poor in order to deepen one’s faith and prepare for the coming of Easter.
Lattes with Laurie
19 junior & senior ladies showed up for a small group discussion over coffee with Dr. Laurie Heap, MD on March 11. The topic of discussion was women's health & wellness, hormones, relationships, & positive psychology. The group will meet once per week for the remainder of the year.