Padua Academy's Franciscan tradition calls for service to those in need. One of Padua's four core values, service, is integrated throughout the daily experiences of a Padua student.
Through service, students learn the importance of actions as a reflection of faith. While there are opportunities for leadership within service, all students participate in a dynamic, tiered service program. This program includes a traditional understanding of service, a service retreat, and a commitment to causes about which students are passionate. Through this formal service program, as well as a variety of student groups and extra-curricular activities, students are challenged to live Christ-centered lives of leadership and service.

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  • Sophomore Service Days

    Padua Academy has a partnership with DeSales Service Works (DSW) in Camden, New Jersey. DSW is an Oblate-run ministry infused with the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. As part of the partnership, all Padua sophomores participate in a day-long service retreat allowing students to witness the beauty of the Church’s preferential option for the poor.
  • Students in Action

    Padua’s Students in Action (SIA) program seeks to cultivate servant leadership while being rooted in the core elements of Catholic Social Teaching. As a member of SIA, students serve as leaders of regular volunteer opportunities in Padua's local community. SIA members are peer leaders and ambassadors to the larger community.
  • Service Program Requirements

    Padua Academy's motto Suaviter Sed Fortiter, translated as "Softly but Strongly," embodies the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi who dedicated his life to the service of humanity. This philosophy of servant leadership is the core of Padua’s mission.

    Padua's Service Program focuses on service that is rooted in relationships and that fosters support for local organizations. Freshmen are asked to complete 15 hours of service, sophomores participate in a daylong service retreat, and juniors and seniors have graduated visit-based requirements. The requirements involve both a commitment to the local community as well as a personal commitment to an organization about whose mission the student is passionate. As a whole, the program asks students to adopt lives of service.

    Students can submit service hours through InnerView. Details are available through the PaduaOnCampus Resource Board. Meeting the service commitment for each school year is a graduation requirement for all students. Students are responsible for meeting each year's requirements according to the deadlines provided at the beginning of the school year.

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    Anna Alinda 05

    Director of Campus Ministry
    Eastern University - MA in International Development
    The College of William and Mary - BS in Chemistry
Spirituality. Scholarship. Service. Sisterhood.