Faith into Action
Students put faith into action by volunteering, sponsoring food drives for needy families, cleaning up the environment, and much more. Making a difference in the lives of others is a meaningful tradition for every Queen of Peace student.
Community of Peace
In the tradition of the Dominicans of Sinsinawa, faith, service, and justice are integrated into daily life at Peace. Our vibrant campus ministry program provides students with frequent opportunities to learn and live the Gospel through prayer and reflection, all-school liturgies, class retreats, service outreach and co-curriculars. Theology classes also grant four years of religious study focused on the areas of scripture, faith development, and personal and social morality. Each young woman’s desire to be an agent of transformation is evident in her commitment to serve the call to “teach as Jesus.” The Dominican values of Truth, Justice, Compassion, Partnership and Community influence our students to gain awareness of social and global issues. Peace students are devoted to community service and put their faith into action by visiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, donating and delivering Christmas gifts to needy families, cleaning up area parks and forest preserves, and participating in AIDS, breast cancer and other charitable walks/benefits.
Queen of Peace Service Learning Program
The Queen of Peace Service Learning Program was created to teach students the value of living a life dedicated to service. Students are required to do 60 hours of service.
As it says in the document, AT THE HEART OF A DOMINICAN EDUCATION By Sister Ruth Poochigian, OP (2005, found in the Queen of Peace Student/Parent Handbook):
“A Dominican education teaches every person how to incorporate Jesus’ preaching mission as a way of life. Community outreach, personal formation, awareness, and advocacy are all ways to embody the life of a preacher, and to transform the crucial social justice issues of our times. Enlivened by the Truth of the Gospel, individuals grow into Christian leadership through this preaching. The spirit of St. Dominic is the authentic hallmark of a Dominican education.”
Goals of Queen of Peace Service Learning Program
Through our service learning program, we prepare Women of Peace to learn:
1. To appreciate and understand the Catholic Church’s teachings on social justice
2. To respect the dignity of all people
3. To use her gifts to contribute and respond compassionately to the needs of society
4. To recognize the power of individual leadership to transform society
The commitment to service learning is rooted in Catholic social teaching, the Dominican commitment to “promote dedication to service,” and the National Council of Catholic Bishops who state:
”The ministry of justice and service nurtures in young people a social consciousness and a commitment to a life of social justice and service rooted in their faith in Jesus Christ, in the Scriptures and in Catholic Social Teaching; empowers young people to work for justice by concrete efforts to address the causes of human suffering; and infuses the concepts of justice, peace and human dignity into all ministry efforts.”
Students are involved in many projects throughout the year including but not limited to:
St. James Collection
Environmental Club Project
Breast Cancer Walk
Greater Chicago Food Depository