St. Joseph’s Academy students are given the opportunity to grow in Catholic/Christian leadership through a variety of clubs, student organizations and mission trips.
Student Ministry is a year-long experience for seniors designed to build leadership skills and enhance personal and spiritual awareness in themselves and in the context of the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The charism of the Sisters is rooted in unity, that all may be one in relationship with God and one another. Through training and development, Student Ministers are able to experience spiritual growth and encourage this growth in their peers and all members of the Academy community.
Liturgy Committee is a club which provides students the opportunity to plan and participate in school-wide liturgies and prayer services by decorating banners, participating in liturgical dances and developing special prayers and petitions. Additionally, club members are able to assist at school masses as lectors, gift bearers, altar servers and candle bearers.
Respect Life Club
The Respect Life Club is committed to a consistent life ethic that respects the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. The club meets monthly and often hosts guest speakers on topics that deal with adding value to the human life. Members of the club also participate in the Bishop’s Pro-Life Rally and in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., each January.
CSJ/SSJ Leadership Conference
The CSJ/SSJ Leadership Conference enables students from the Congregation of St. Joseph’s three schools to come together to deepen their understanding of the Sisters’ charism and the founding history. The leadership conference is held each summer in the city of a host school. The opportunity is open to eight rising juniors and seniors.
Community Builders for Peace
Students may also participate in the Congregation of St. Joseph’s year-long Community Builders for Peace program. SJA students join counterparts from sister school Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, Illinois, to experience the call to community, peace and justice, reconciliation and mission woven in the CSJ mission and charism. In addition to service, participants are challenged to create a sustainable project in their own communities. This year, SJA participants organized and hosted The Justice for All Ball for Baton Rouge-area students with disabilities.
Charism in Action
A new student organization at SJA is Charism in Action, designed to help students better understand and promote the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Charism in Action is open to any SJA student who wants to enjoy a closer relationship with the Sisters; gain a better understanding of their charitable work and love of the dear neighbor; work in unity to carry out the Sisters’ ideals; and be part of an organization that mayserve as a precursor to becoming an Associate, which they must be 18 to pursue.
Catholic Leadership Encounter
The Catholic Leadership Encounter is an intensive, nine-day workshop held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. CLE focuses on servant leadership, encouraging and enabling students to embrace their God-given gifts while recognizing and meeting the needs of their community.