A charism is a special gift given to us by God to love and to serve God's people. The Pastoral Care Department nourishes an awareness of our Franciscan charism and Catholic identity in the community of Roger Bacon. Pastoral Care promotes Franciscan values through the spiritual development of our students, faculty, and staff. Pastoral Care activities include daily prayer, annual retreats, and an annual religious in-service day for faculty, and periodic liturgical celebrations that are open to the whole Roger Bacon community.
Pastoral Care Team
Because of the religious diversity of the Bacon family, Pastoral Care strives to create an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for people of all denominations, to serve their spiritual needs, and to foster spiritual growth. The pastoral care team consists of students, a chaplain, a coordinator of Kairos retreats, a community outreach coordinator, a representative of the Religion Department and an administrative liaison. Parents are also encouraged to participate in the preparation and celebration of liturgies at the school.
Underclass Retreats - Freshman, sophomores and juniors participate in a “Day of Recollection,” which are designed to give students the opportunity to examine and develop their relationships with God, with one another, with their families, and with their community. The retreat days are structured differently for each grade level, though all retreats consist of a combination of talks, small group activities and time for prayer. The underclass retreat fee is included in RB tuition.
Senior Year - Participating in a senior retreat is a graduation requirement.
Seniors are given four options:
Kairos, a three day (two night) retreat directed by RB faculty/student teams, has become the highlight of the retreat experience for most seniors. Kairos fosters interpersonal sharing of stories that builds a strong sense of Christian community. The second option is a traditional Franciscan Day of Recollection which encourages students to reflect on their faith journeys. Other retreat options are the Urban Plunge or a school sponsored mission trip. Senior retreat fees are not included in RB tuition and are charged separately based on the student’s choice.