Community Service, Campus Ministry, Spirituality

Changing the World

Study. Mission. Community. Prayer.

The Four Dominican Pillars at the heart of a Mount education; the foundation that empowers our students to leave their mark on the world. Groups and activities in service work, campus ministry and spirituality — critical components of a Dominican education — inspire our students to grow into the changemakers of the future: informed, connected and reflective women committed to social justice.

Praying before class helps us take time to reflect on what’s going on in the world outside the Mount.

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Siena Community Service

Giving back to community is a central tenet of the Catholic faith. Our four-year Siena Community Service Program allows students to use their skills and stations in life to positively impact the world through service work.

The program is not merely a requirement for graduation; it is an experience that helps transform Mount students into engaged and compassionate global citizens and motivates them to be the change they know will make the world a better place.

Why?

The Siena Community Service program empowers each student to understand the experience and responsibility of helping others. The program, based on the Corporal Works of Mercy, inspires students to carry forth the Dominican traditions. As students discover, respond to and become more personally involved with the needs of others, they learn that service is a privilege and an opportunity for growth.

Opportunities

Students can engage in service work both on- and off-campus. Examples of places in which students have completed Siena hours include food pantries, nursing homes,  hospitals, parishes, animal shelters, and community resource centers.

We encourage students to seek out opportunities in which they can use their talents to help others; for example, students who excel in English can tutor children in an underfunded school. However, we also encourage students to engage in service work that challenges their ways of thinking and allows them to grow through stretching themselves.

Curriculum

The Siena service experience, a requirement for graduation, begins in freshman year and culminates in a senior-year reflective writing assignment. Each year, students undertake a specified number of hours of community service. The number of hours increases with each year, and the service moves from on-campus to off-campus.


 

Campus Ministry

Spiritual ministry is an important part of day-to-day life at the Mount. We count on members of campus ministry groups to help facilitate our communal experiences in prayer. Ministry team members contribute to masses and other spiritually-oriented activities.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers serve by distributing the body and blood of Christ to the Mount community during Mass.

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord during Mass and other worship celebrations. In the course of their reading, lectors are called upon to understand and interpret scripture for the community.

Lord’s Chords Musicians

The Lord’s Chords are a musical group that leads our community in song during liturgies and prayer services. Members are responsible for selecting appropriate music based upon the scriptures of the day. Vocalists and instrumentalists of all levels are welcome to join.

Dominican Preaching Team

The Dominican Preaching Team allows students to continue in the important tradition of our founders - the Dominican Order, which is also known as the Order of Preachers. Students have the opportunity to develop and practice their preaching skills, lead the Mount community in prayer and serve important roles during liturgies.


 

Spirituality

At the Mount, nourishment of the spirit is as important as nourishment of the intellect. Liturgical celebration of the feasts, holy days and other special religious occasions are a regular part of the school year. Additionally, a daily morning prayer and opportunities for meditation allow students to grow closer to God and deepen their faith, thereby growing closer to their own selves.