Rooted in the principles of the Catholic faith, Archbishop Spalding is committed to the development of the whole person both intellectually and spiritually. With a day-to-day focus on offering every student a faith-based education, courses in religious studies and participation in community service are our top priorities. An education in Gospel values is integral to the tradition of a Spalding education.
From lively debates during religious studies classes to the small group discussions on senior retreat to serving meals at an inner city soup kitchen, the importance of spiritual life at Spalding is evident in all that we do. This spirit is fostered through a vibrant Campus Ministry program that offers students the opportunity to actively participate in the planning of school-wide liturgies, prayer services, and community outreach projects. With the presence of a school Chaplain and a Director of Campus Ministry, students are given the time and attention to discuss their personal faith, address social issues, receive spiritual counseling and embrace their future life goals.
Each year students participate in a retreat program designed specifically for the grade level. New Students are welcomed into the Spalding community at the beginning of their freshman year with a day-long retreat and class social activities during their orientation. The treat program for the sophomore class involves a day of service, and junior students take part in a one-day off-campus retreat. A Spalding tradition, the senior retreat experience is held as a three-day and two-night stay at the Monsignor O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, Maryland.
Community service and outreach are commitments fulfilled by every student who graduates from Archbishop Spalding. Each graduating senior at Spalding is required to complete 60 hours of volunteer community service. The community service requirement is intended to reinforce the Christian call to a life service to others.