Christian Service Program

Through the Christian Service Program, all students of Padua Franciscan High School are offered the gifts of humility and poverty in spirit as they follow the example of Saint Francis in loving service to others through Jesus Christ.

Students are required to perform four years of Christian Service at Padua.  Students will receive specific requirements for each year through Campus Ministry orientations and Theology classes.

Freshmen Service – Overview

Freshmen will complete a total of 15 hours of Franciscan Service in any category: family, Padua, church or the community. A list of suggested service agencies is available to all students on MyPad.

  • 5 hours  – 1st quarter
  • 5 hours  – 2nd quarter
  • 5 hours  – 3rd quarter

Freshmen cannot start service until after the start of the school year.

Sophomore Service – Overview

Sophomores will complete a total of 15 hours of Franciscan Service to the church, community and/or approved Padua provided service opportunities. Community service must be completed at one of the agencies on the list.

  • 5 hours  – 1st quarter
  • 5 hours  – 2nd quarter
  • 5 hours  – 3rd quarter

List of Approved Agencies for Sophomores and Juniors 2019-2020

Junior Service – Overview

Juniors will complete a total of 15 hours of Franciscan Service to the community and/or approved Padua provided service opportunities.  Community service must be completed at one of the agencies on the list.

  • 5 hours  – 1st quarter
  • 5 hours  – 2nd quarter
  • 5 hours  – 3rd quarter

Senior Service – Overview (for Class of 2020)

Seniors will be required to complete an Advocacy Project in their Social Justice class.

  • Completion of this project fulfills the service obligation for the senior year.
  • Due dates will be established by the Social Justice teacher.

Senior Service – Overview (Starting with the Class of 2021)

Seniors will complete a total of 15 hours of Franciscan Service to organizations or groups focused on the topic of their social justice project.

  • 10 hours  – 1st quarter
  • 5 hours  – 2nd quarter

The students use this opportunity to build a relationship with the organization and to learn more about their social justice topic.  Students will conduct research and interviews for their project. Advocacy Project is completed during the Social Justice class.

General Requirements of the Franciscan Service Program

  • Students submit all hours online through x2Vol.
  • Service Reflections due in Theology class count as 10% of the final grade.
  • The Service Requirement is a pass/fail grade to indicate completion of service hours.
  • Students are required to perform four years of Christian service at Padua.
  • Students will receive specific requirements for each year through Campus Ministry orientations and Theology classes.

Justice and Solidarity

Students are encouraged to take advantage of Mission Trips and the St. Francis School Partnership.  In addition, Padua stu­dents have the opportunity to learn about Catholic Social Teach­ing and par­tic­i­pate in social action events orga­nized by this net­work of students and teach­ers from Catholic high schools and col­leges from across the Dio­cese of Cleveland. An exam­ple of a Catholic social action event is stu­dents tak­ing part in the annual Rally for Life in Washington, DC.

Christmas for Others

Christmas for Others (CFO)

As a long standing Padua tradition, Christmas For Others (CFO) is the largest student run fundraiser in Northeast Ohio.  Our students raise over $30,000 each year to help local and global charities.