St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School

Faith Life

Faith Life

Formation and Ministry


The Formation and Ministry office at St. Dominic Savio (FAM) coordinates faith formation for our school community, including students, faculty and staff.  This includes all liturgies, retreats, the Diakonia Service Program and many other faith formation programs that support our community's growth into a people ever-more reflective of the image of Christ.


Rooted in the call from Pope Francis that, "all of us are called to mature in our work as evangelizers," the Faith and Ministry office is committed to offering faculty, staff and students "better training, a depending love and a clearer witness to the Gospel." (Evangelii Gaudium, 121).  In this, we are committed to cooperating with God's active presence in our lives by seeking opportunities to encounter Christ, as a community, in all we do.


Pillars of Formation

Our goal is to form well-rounded, visionary leaders for the Church and the world.  To accomplish this, we intentionally foster students' growth in four key areas: pastoral, intellectual, spiritual, and personal.  All faculty and staff at the school participate in this work of formation, and the FAM offers resources and support for this work in a variety of ways.  All of this activity is rooted in the understanding that "God asks everything of us, yet at the same time, he offers everything to us." (Evangelii Gaudium, 12)  It is ultimately Christ, the potter, who draws out the potential formed in us at the moment of our creation, shaping us into his own image through loving relationship.  Therefore, we seek to participate in this formative work of God by offering holistic opportunities for growth and development across the academic and extracurricular spectrum including:

  • Pastoral - we seek to develop leadership skills in the image of Christ who cares for us as our Good Shepherd.  Students experience this by participating as members of the Service Club, Student Council, team captains, Timothy Team leaders, and music section letters, etc.
  • Intellectual - we seek to develop in students the knowledge and understanding needed for faithful servant leadership.  Many activities help students grow in understanding by committing to their responsibilities as a student, and participating in academic clubs and competitions, Academic Council, etc
  • Spiritual - we seek to develop each student's personal relationship with God which both calls and enables servant leadership.  School activities related to participation in school liturgies, communal prayer, retreats and Theology classes support this area of growth.
  • Personal - we seek to foster growth in Christian action and life as an authentic person made in the image of God.  Students experience this growth when participating in our athletics, fine arts, counseling and FAM activities, etc

Faith and Ministry Office


This office helps to oversee all Formation and Ministry activities in the school.  The office consists of the Director of Formation, the members of the Theology department, and deacons and priests who assist at our school.  For contact information, please see the Theology Department webpage.