As a Catholic high school following the Augustinian tradition, the programs in the Department of Campus Ministry support Austin Preparatory School’s Mission Statement and emphasize the importance of lives of service to others in the spirit of Jesus Christ. They are designed to promote faith development and foster the personal and spiritual growth of every person in the Augustinian tradition, with emphasis on the Augustinian characteristics of Veritas, Unitas and Caritas. Campus Ministry provides opportunities for members of the school community to deepen their understanding of the Gospel message through attendance at Masses, prayers services and retreats; performing required service work; and participation in other projects. These programs also attempt to raise consciousness and encourage action regarding contemporary moral and social problems. Campus Ministry seeks to build a living faith community of students, faculty, staff and parents.
Blue Mass Honors First Responders
The school hosted its 2nd Annual Blue Mass for First Responders, to honor and thank the police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who put their lives on the line for others.
“Today we honor the dedication, heroism and sacrifice of the men and women here today and those who are not here today,” Headmaster James Hickey P’22, ’23, ’24 said. “It takes a special kind of person to do their work.”
Parents who are First Responders, as well as representatives from Reading Police, Fire and EMTs were in attendance at the all-school Mass.
It was also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. School Chaplain, Fr. Patrick Armano, drew a parallel between the work of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the work of First Responders.
“Mary understood that her mission was to live for others,” Fr. Armano said. “This is the same as our First Responders. We’re reminded how important it is to respond to them with our gratitude.”
After Mass, Fr. Armano blessed the emergency vehicles in the school parking lot and gave a special blessing to the First Responders.
Following the Mass, First Responders enjoyed a full breakfast prepared by the school’s dining service.