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History & Philosophy of Program

"Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will."


The Service Project Program at John Carroll Catholic High School was established as a requirement for graduation in 1980. Originally students were required to perform 15 hours of service in the community during their Senior year. In 1981 students were to fulfill 30 hours of service: 15 in the community during their Junior year and 15 during their Senior year. Then in 1983 the requirements were changed for freshmen entering John Carroll. They were required to perform 48 hours of service, which could be started in their freshman year. Finally, in 1989 the 48 hours of service were refined to require 12 hours per school year as part of the Theology curriculum. Current requirements are explained on the next page. Currently students are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of direct service to the disadvantaged. (The requirements are explained more fully on the main page.)


John Carroll High School is a Catholic school, a school rooted in Gospel values. We believe strongly in the education of the total person. During each students four years at John Carroll they will be challenged to grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. A major part of their spiritual growth happens through their service projects. In Sacred Scripture, it is clear that Jesus' mission on earth included service to others. Jesus says in Matthew, "I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me." He not only helped others but he also expected us to help them. After washing Peter’s feet in the Gospel of John, Jesus says to his disciples, "As I have done, so you must do." Once again in Luke, Jesus points out that, "Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day and follow in my steps." Our faith in God is manifested through our love, concern, and service for others.

By reaching out, we learn and understand more about the needs of other people. Our talents, so often taken for granted, become more appreciated and developed. With Jesus as our model, we are encouraged to give back to our communities through the gifts that God has given us.