Rooted in the Gospel and modeled on the values of our patrons St. Francis de Sales and St. Francis of Assisi, Campus Ministry helps to foster the spiritual growth of the school community. Campus Ministers seek to walk with each student on her faith journey, encouraging continued discovery of God’s love.
While students encounter God in every classroom and interaction at Padua Academy, Campus Ministry intentionally cultivates Christ-centered lives of leadership and service. Campus Ministry programs include retreats, individual and communal prayer, shared liturgical celebrations, and opportunities to act as Christian witnesses.

Padua celebrates the charisms of both St. Francis of Assisi and St. Francis de Sales. Members of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia administered and staffed Padua in its early years. Following in this tradition, Padua strives to uphold the humble service of St. Francis of Assisi and the gentle strength of St. Francis de Sales.

Campus Ministry

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    Karen Duppel 

    Director of Campus Ministry and Family Engagement Coordinator

Campus Ministry offers a variety of experiences rooted in the Catholic faith, including:

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  • Retreats

    Through her four years at Padua, each student will participate in class retreats to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood and spirituality. Students also have opportunities to choose to invest in their own faith through overnight retreat programs.
  • Prayer

    Love for prayer is evidenced in Padua's daily rhythm. Padua engages in prayer as a community every day. Prayer begins every class, gathering, and activity to instill an ongoing relationship with God.
  • Liturgy

    As a Catholic community, Padua regularly gathers to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Whether through frequent prayer communion services or monthly Adoration, the Eucharist is at the heart of Padua's liturgical life. Students have an opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation alongside other activities throughout each liturgical season.
  • Community Faith Life

    Padua students, faculty, and staff frequently sing together the words "we are one body in Christ." This unity is reflected in opportunities for students to act as young women of faith. Experiences such as Famine, the Diocesan Pilgrimage, and the March for Life offer students an organized opportunity to play an active role in their faith. In addition to these annual activities, the Padua community embraces regular acts of service, spaces of prayer, and expressions of gratitude.

Padua Academy’s Class Masses

Each class at Padua, along with their families, participates in a special Mass each year. These Masses are Padua traditions and hold significant importance. These cherished Masses and gatherings strengthen the sense of community and spiritual connection among students, families, and the school.

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  • Freshman Convocation

    The yellow rose symbolizes our shared sisterhood and the way each of us bloom in our own unique ways. At Freshman Convocation, students often receive a rose that has not yet bloomed.
  • White Lily Mass

    The white lily symbolizes going where we are called in the tradition of St. Anthony of Padua. At White Lily Mass, we celebrate the sophomores’ commitment to share the gifts and talents that they bring to the Padua community.
  • Junior Ring Mass

    We mark the occasion of students stepping into their position as role models within the Padua community with the blessing of their class rings.
  • Baccalaureate Mass

    Seniors come together to look back, celebrate and give thanks for all they have experienced as a class over the past four years. We offer our continued support and prayers as they become alumnae of Padua Academy.
Spirituality. Scholarship. Service. Sisterhood.