For a number of years the sisters at Sacred Heart Convent and the students and faculty "across the blacktop" at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School have enjoyed a wonderful mutuality. Students are allowed to give one study hall period a week in service at the convent, where they come to read to sisters, or write letters for them, help the kitchen staff on the serving line, or assist sisters with various other tasks of daily ministry and common life.
While "pandemic rules" have curtailed the in-person visits for the time being, there is one opportunity still open to SHG students.
The school's theology department offers a one-semester course called Service in the Community. For the second year, the congregational communications office has participated by accepting two students to assist them with their social media messaging. While it would be infinitely more rewarding to have the students join the team in the offices at the convent, the use of computer technologies allows for a successful collaboration. Using Teams, a platform for collaborative work produced by Microsoft, Students from Mrs. Davis Class and members of the communications office staff meet together virtually at the start of each service period.
"We check in, review the work the students have completed, answer any questions, and share some tips for the project they are working on," explained Sister Beth Murphy, director of the communications office.
This year's crew of two is producing a series of reflective posts that will be shared on the social media pages for Cor Unum, the Dominican Sisters outreach ministry for young adult women.
Meet This Year's Students
Hello! My name is Ashlyn Nicoud, and I am so excited to be working with all the amazing people at the Motherhouse. I chose this service site because I wanted to give back to all the people who helped me understand and discover new aspects about my religion. Sadly, I haven’t been able to go to the Motherhouse, but I have been able to remotely communicate with some unforgettable people, and they have taught me so much. I have genuinely enjoyed the experience so far and enjoy learning about what this service site has to offer. I am so fortunate to be able to give back and help my community.
Hi, I’m Maxon Perkins, I’m a junior at SHG just trying to make it through this crazy year. I have been blessed to be in the Service Class with other students passionate about doing their part and helping others. My service “site” is the Motherhouse and I have been really enjoying working with everyone to make daily scripture posts. Like any typical teen I’m on social media and tend to just double tap and keep scrolling, but what we are trying to do is get you to stop and think about how God is speaking to you and how this can help you brighten another person's day during the Lenten Season. I truly am blessed to be with an amazing group of people and am so excited to continue working with them!