Written by Mary McCusker

In recent years, there has been a growing trend that schools, both public and private, offer students opportunities to engage in community service. For many, the experience helps to develop important skills such as teamwork and a sense of compassion.

But for Catholic schools, community service is more than an admirable option or a nice addition to one’s college application. Service activities are fundamental to Catholic education and core to Catholic discipleship.

And so when students at Gloucester Catholic High School began their studies about the responsibilities and duties to society as members of the church, a trip to Catholic Charities was a good place to start.