Ministry

Ministry

Here at Verbum Dei, we encourage our students to become “men with and for others” who will be agents of change in our society. We know that our students are building the future and that we have the responsibility to inspire our students to become who God is calling them to be – and, as St. Ignatius said, to “set the world on fire!” We do this not only through our theology classes, but also through the numerous ministry opportunities we offer. We have a thriving Christian service department that ensures all students give back to the community, as well as a campus ministry department that helps students explore and form their faith. Students at Verbum Dei do not just grow intellectually, but spiritually and personally as well!

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Christian Service

Men of Verb are men with and for others that learn the importance of giving back to their community through our Christian Service program. Our young men are provided with the opportunities to help various communities, such as the elderly, visiting the sick, and coaching the youth. Each Verbum Dei student is required to complete a minimum number of service hours each year, adding up to at least 100 hours by the time they graduate. Our students are working to make our communities better.

Weekend Service Plunges

Each year, Verb offers two weekend service plunges. These are opportunities for students to serve with fellow students from another Jesuit high school in southern CA.

Over the years, Verb has built a relationship with Xavier Prep High School, the Jesuit school in Palm Desert. We sleep at Xavier Prep one weekend each year, and some of their students perform the service with us while we are there that weekend. Our students see and begin to understand the economic disparity visible in the Coachella Valley.

Similarly, students from Xavier Prep stay on Verb’s campus for a weekend each year. Our students have the opportunity to do service with the Xavier Prep students in our hometown that weekend.

Navajo Service Immersion Trip

Each spring, students have the opportunity to apply for the Navajo Service Immersion Trip. Eighteen students are selected each year. We drive out to Navajo Nation in southeast Utah, stopping to see the Grand Canyon along the way. Once in Utah, we immerse ourselves in Navajo culture, learning about their traditions and beliefs. While there, we also perform service with the local community. This is an amazing opportunity for students to experience a culture and environment that is completely new, and to learn from that experience.

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Campus Ministry

At Verbum Dei, we live out cura personalis, or “care for the whole person.” This includes care and concern for the health and growth of our students’ spiritual lives. Campus Ministry brings faith alive through liturgies, class retreats, reconciliation services, and an active Christian service program, among other opportunities. Ultimately, we offer a multitude of ways for students to deepen their understanding of themselves and others as individuals who are deeply loved by God, who commit themselves to living the Ignatian vision of being “men with and for others.”

Meet the Campus Ministry/Christian Service Team

Campus Ministry is led by a group of adults, as well as a student leadership team known as the JEDIS (Jesuit Educated Disciples In Service). The JEDIS help plan and lead all the faith-based activities on campus, and help build the brotherhood among Verb’s student body.

Karen Chambers – Director of Campus Ministry
Eddie-Joe Vieyra – Campus Ministry Assistant & Music Director
Sam McGrath – Campus Ministry Assistant
Molly Fruland – Campus Ministry Assistant
George Teodoro, SJ – Adult Faith Formation
Lizette Bernal – Adult Faith Formation

 

Student JEDIS:  Our JEDIS are an integral part of Verb's campus ministry outreach. The JEDIS are made up of a select group of juniors and seniors each year who examplify servant leadershipjedis and a desire to grow in faith and character.

 

Retreats

Retreats are an integral part of the personal and spiritual formation of Verbum Dei students. All students participate in a retreat each of their four years, which are all off-campus. Freshmen and sophomores each have a day-long retreat. Juniors experience the 4-day Kairos retreat, and seniors have the option of a two different types of overnight retreats.