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
- 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.
Campus Ministry is a vibrant component of our High School community encompassing service, liturgy, retreats, and promoting each girl's faith and spiritual development.
Our High School students are committed to service in our community and volunteer with dozens of organizations including:
- St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy
- Our Lady of Black Rock School
- Catholic Charities
- Friends of the Night People
- Ladies of Charity
- Hearts for the Homeless
- Journey’s End Refugee Services
- FeedMore WNY (Food Bank)
Each student is required to complete 80 hours of community service while here at Nardin. Students use the online platform Mobileserve to log and keep track of their service hours.
Each summer, Nardin Academy High School students have the opportunity to participate in week long "Nardin Serves the World" service immersion trips domestically around the United States and internationally in Central America.
- International Service: For the last several 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.
- Domestic Service: Week long service trips to areas such as Cincinnati, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, and right here in Buffalo, NY serving the hungry, the homeless, and the marginalized.
We celebrate mass as a community about once a month and on Holy Days of Obligation. We also hold several liturgical services throughout the year, including our Thanksgiving ecumenical prayer service, Lessons and Carols, Reconciliation Services during Advent and Lent, and the Stations of the Cross before Easter Break. Students take primary roles in both liturgy and music ministry.
Each student at Nardin has the opportunity to attend a retreat in every year they attend Nardin. Each retreat is student-led by seniors and allows each student to pause, reflect, and grow. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, a new sequence of retreats will be implemented and is highlighted below:
The Freshman Retreat is a class retreat that encourages students to reflect on their first year at Nardin, paying particular attention to the relationships in their life.
The Marian Retreat is a new retreat at Nardin offered four times a year to sophomores. Centered around the Biblical journey of Mary, the Mother of God. The Marian retreat allows students to reflect on the topic of vocation and grow in faith and self-knowledge.
The Kairos retreat has a long history in Catholic high schools and colleges. Kairos is new to Nardin and is offered to juniors four times a year. Kairos is a three-day, two-night retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. On Kairos, students will reflect on their relationships with friends, family, and God. The retreat also challenges students to heed the call to servant leadership.
The Senior Retreat brings the entire senior class together in an effort to reflect on their four years at Nardin and to contemplate the inevitable transition to college and beyond.