Faith Formation

Service

Service is at the heart and root of the DSHA faith formation experience. Through hands-on opportunities to serve the poor, vulnerable, and outcast persons, students live out their faith, rooted in the goodness and kindness of Jesus. Upon graduation, each student will have completed the Salvatorian Service Requirement, participating in a minimum number of service hours each year.

DSHA students have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the city of Milwaukee through opportunities such as serving those with special needs through Easter Seals, visiting the elderly at care facilities, organizing food collections and sandwich making on campus, and tutoring in an urban school setting.

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SALVATORIAN SERVICE REQUIREMENT

Service to others is an essential part of the message of Jesus, and thus our Catholic faith. Jesus, in His love and compassion for the poor and the outcast, said what we do to the least among us, we do to Him (Mt. 25:40). In a special way, the spiritual foundation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior calls us to serve as Jesus served.

The DSHA graduation service requirement is an important component of faith development as well as a means to build character, develop leadership and communication skills, and give students critical insight into the needs of the community. It calls students to be of service to people experiencing hunger, economic disadvantage, illness, isolation or special needs (physical, emotional, developmental, etc.) Our Catholic values, grounded in our Salvatorian identity, are evident in the daily service of our school community and lead our students to a greater awareness of their responsibility to act for justice and serve the needs of others.

DSHA’s Salvatorian service program is unique in several ways:

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  • INCREMENTAL

    Students are required to do a greater amount of service each year at DSHA. As a student grows in understanding of service, she is required to do more. This culminates in Vocare, a two week service immersion experience during her senior year. 
  • INDIVIDUAL

    x2VOL, our service tracking program, provides many group service opportunities; however, students are also encouraged to be independent in volunteering so they learn how to take initiative in new situations. The process of locating service, attending either on one’s own or with a small group of people, and tracking service builds life skills that will serve students well in college and beyond. 
  • REFLECTIVE

    An important component of the DSHA service requirement is prayer and reflection. Students dedicate time to reflect on every service opportunity they have while at DSHA. True appreciation of service comes not just from the experience, but also from reflection on the events, their relation to spiritual values, and an active engagement in the work that God is calling us to do in the future. 
  • SALVATORIAN

    The Sisters of the Divine Savior, our sponsoring order, give their lives in service to those most in need. DSHA‘s service requirement calls students to be of service to people experiencing hunger, economic disadvantage, illness, isolation or special need (physical, emotional, developmental, etc.)

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS BY GRADE LEVEL

Freshmen:
An introduction to service through Freshman Service Day, plus 5 additional hours of service.

Sophomores:
16 hours of service

Juniors:
20 hours of service

Seniors:
70 hours of service through participation in VOCARE.

Matthew 25:40

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

SALVATORIAN SISTERS’ SERVICE AWARD

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School’s service requirement is a direct reflection of our mission to develop the whole person, rooted in the goodness and kindness of Christ. The Salvatorian Sisters’ Service Award recognizes students who have embodied that mission by consistently embracing the call to serve others beyond the graduation service requirement throughout their four years at DSHA. This award is given by the Sisters of the Divine Savior in acknowledgement of the young woman the senior has become through her time at DSHA and the lives she will change through her future service.

Eligibility:
  • Complete 120+ hours of service freshmen through junior year. All service to poor & vulnerable persons, DSHA, place of worship/parish, summer service, and mission trips can be applied to this cumulative goal.
  • Complete 20+ hours of ongoing service during senior year between the first day of school and the last day of the fall semester. At least 10 of these hours need to be at one site.

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