Faith & Service

Guided by the examples set by our founders, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a commitment to service work and global citizenship is at the heart of our daily life.

As the Daughters of the Heart of Mary are known for living in the midst of the world so that they may better respond to the need's of God's people, Nardin students broaden their horizons and explore new perspectives through expanding service-learning opportunities both in our Buffalo community and in communities across the globe.

At Nardin, we educate in the Catholic tradition, yet seventeen faiths are represented across our three schools. All students are welcome and have the opportunity for leadership in schools liturgy or prayer service. Retreats allow students time for camaraderie and reflection.

Explore the opportunities for faith and service within our schools:



Our Montessori is committed to serving our local community. Each year, boxtops for the Ronald McDonald house are collected throughout the year and every winter holiday season, presents are collected for at risk youth served by Gateway-Longview.


Our Montessori Elementary students join in Liturgy and prayer services are led by Fr. Dave Richards.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

All Montessori students receive instruction in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This instruction, rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and educational principles of Maria Montessori, is an approach to the religious formation of children which keeps children engaged and learning about their faith.




In addition to a bi-yearly service trip outside of Western New York, our Elementary students participate in service activities in partnership with:

  • St. Luke's Mission of Mercy
  • Bornhava
  • The Ronald McDonald House
  • Baker Services
  • The Buffalo Animal Shelter


All grade levels participate in school masses and prayer services led by Fr. Dave Richards. Throughout the year, students in Grades 2 - 8 are assigned responsibility for each service.


Our Eighth Grade students participate in a half day leadership retreat each Fall and a full day retreat each Spring.

High School

Girls building home

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is a vibrant component of our High School community encompassing service, liturgy, retreats, and promoting each girl's spiritual development.


Our High School students are committed to service in our community and volunteer with several organizations including:
  • Salvation Army
  • Friends of the Night People
  • Ladies of Charity
  • Hearts for the Homeless
  • Olmsted Parks
  • WNY Food Bank

Our students are also committed to providing after-school tutoring each week at Buffalo School of Inquiry.

Service-Learning Experiences

Each summer, Nardin Academy High School students have the opportunity to participate in week long "Nardin Serves the World" service trips both internationally and close to home.

  • International Service: For the past two years our students have traveled to Granada, Nicaragua with International Samaritans. As part of this transformative service-learning experience, students engage in hard physical labor building concrete block homes for the community's poor.
  • National Service: Week long service trips to areas such as the Appalachian Region and to Cincinnati, Ohio working with Franciscans for the Poor provide Nardin girls with the opportunity to join in service with other schools.
  • Buffalo: If our students are ready to open their hearts, they don't even have to leave our community in order to take part in our summer "Nardin Serves the World" programs. Each summer students stay locally in the Buffalo area and commit to service here in our own community.


Liturgies occur once a month and on Holy Days of Obligation and are led by Fr. Roy Herberger. We also hold several prayer services throughout the year including Lessons and Carols, Reconciliation Services during Advent and Lent, Stations of the Cross before Easter Break. Students take primary roles in both liturgy and music ministry.


Our Thanksgiving ecumenical prayer service encompasses and celebrates all faiths across our community.

Ring Day Liturgy celebrates the Junior Class as they enter into their final year at Nardin.


Each class has an off-site retreat day for self-reflection, relationship building, and spiritual growth.