Sophomore Online Religion Class: Service & Justice

Students in the graduating class of 2018 and beyond are enrolled in a required online Service and Justice class in addition to the required sophomore course The Paschal Mystery. The Service and Justice course covers the development of Catholic Social Teaching (CST), its context in history, and its connection to the Catholic Church’s sense of scripture and tradition. As students progress through this course, they will connect their service experience at Bellarmine with CST, their faith, and their other courses of study.

Practical Information about the Service and Justice Course

This is a two-year online (.5 credit) religion course offered as pass/fail with an option for earning an A. The program will meet for experiences through Community Period quarterly. Each experience is connected to one of the seven Catholic Social Teaching themes. The student will complete assignments to prepare for the experience online followed by a reflection or follow-up action.

30 Hours of Direct Service

Over the course of the two-year program, the student must complete 30 hours of direct service that they will reflect on and connect to Catholic Social Teaching. This service work will be done outside of the school day and will be determined by the student. The service will be verified through our service tracking software and must be approved for our program purposes by our service and justice teachers.

Here are some sample ideas for your son or daughter:
• Go back to L’Arche – contact Pat Toohey (Bellarmine Grad) at
• Serve at St. Leo’s Food Connection – contact Cari Tillery at
• Serve at the Rescue Mission – use their online registration at
• Sign up for Operation Keep’Em Warm and Fed with Mrs. Julie Campbell here at school (A-7).
• See if your church or parish needs help with Vacation Bible School.
• Serve at FISH Food Bank (there are many) Here is one in Edgewood. Contact Kate Wright at
• Take care of creation, get outdoors with Washington Trails Association -

More Information

If you have questions about the Service and Justice Program, please contact Religion Teacher Allison Scanlin.