“For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
“Give of your hands to serve and your hearts to love.” ~ St. Teresa of Kolkata
The Catholic Church has many examples of servant leaders. Mother Teresa, who was just recently canonized on September 4, 2016, is a great example of a servant leader through her service to the poor in Kolkata, India. Through her congregation, the Missionaries of Charities, Mother Teresa opened orphanages, hospices, and homes for those with leprosy, showing love, mercy, and dignity to the poorest of the poor.
Just as Mother Teresa was called to serve others, so too are we as a faith community. To that end, the Lafayette Catholic School System promotes a culture of service in its students, faculty, and staff with the aim to help form consciences, build community, and develop our future servant leaders. Being a servant leader means wanting to help others first, to be like Christ in the world.
We are called to demonstrate a commitment to Christian service in our local, faith, and school communities through our commitment of time, talent, and treasure. By focusing on the Gospel Value of servant leadership, we hope to foster a genuine desire in our students to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of others in their communities.
Jesus tells us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and shelter the homeless. As the hands and feet of Christ on earth, our students are expected to not only be active participants in family life, parish life, and the school community, but also to live out the virtue of solidarity and answer the call to care for the poor and needy of our community. They are called to be servant leaders.
Campus Ministry offers a variety of scheduled opportunities for our students to serve others, such as an annual summer mission trip or going monthly to LUM to help feed the homeless at the high school level. The elementary kids also give back through food drives for the hungry as well as making Valentine’s Day cards for and visiting the residents of the Veteran’s Home. We hope you will join us in promoting the Gospel value of Servant Leadership in your home and in your community.
We are focusing this year on our nine core Gospel Values – Community, Servant Leadership, Respect, Gratitude, Humility and Understanding, Wellness, Patience and Perseverance, Diligence, and Integrity. This is the 2nd installment of a series of articles which explores these Gospel Values. This installment discusses “Servant Leadership.” (Please click on the links, above, to view the previous installments.)