Students are encouraged to become involved in the activities of the Campus Ministry program. Throughout the year, we offer the following opportunities for student faith formation.
Advent and Lent Penance Services
On the very night of his resurrection, Jesus gave the Church the wonderful sacrament of reconciliation, when he bestowed on the apostles the power to lose and bind sin. We are blessed to have a full-time priest chaplain on Campus each day. Confession is available at any time upon request, as well on Fridays during lunch mods. Additionally, penance services are available each fall and spring during the Liturgical Seasons of Advent and Lent whenever possible. Diocesan and religious priests from the greater Jacksonville area come to Assumption Catholic Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with our students and faculty. Families are encouraged to encounter Christ in the Sacraments, especially Eucharist and Reconciliation, celebrated in their own parishes.
During the spring of their junior year, students are invited to apply to become Special Ministers of Communion. Once installed, these seniors assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at school Masses and other Liturgies celebrated throughout the school year.
Our extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion also serve the school community through a variety of peer ministry programs and services.
Application packets are available by contacting a member of the Campus Ministry department during the second semester of the academic year. Candidates will receive a blessed medallion and Certificate of Installation signed by the Ordinary.
March for Life
"The March for Life" is a peaceful, prayerful, protest of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States of America. Ever since that day, nearly 60,000,000 infants have been killed by abortion. Thousands of citizens, especially youth, march to the Capitol building while praying, chanting, and meeting other pro-life individuals.
Watch our students on the 2016 pilgrimage to Washington, DC HERE.
In light of the 2022 Dobbs decision, the Pro-Life Ministry at Bishop Kenny High School focuses current efforts to be witnesses for the respect and dignity of human life locally and in our home state.
Each quarter, every grade has the opportunity to attend a spiritual conference. The spiritual conferences consist of a speaker or group of speakers who are active in the Catholic Church. They share their experience and wisdom with the students in a reflective environment. Examples of past speakers have been: Members of the Cenacola community, Missionaries of the Poor, Servant Sister of the Home of the Mother, campus ministers from college campuses, speakers on the theology of the body, seminarians, and many others. This is a rich experience for students to step outside the classroom and learn how to apply the Catholic faith to their everyday life.
R.I.S.E. (Junior/Senior Retreat)
RISE is our retreat program for Juniors and Seniors. The goal of each retreat is to encounter Christ through Scripture, the sacraments, prayer, and fellowship. Set at a beautiful location, each Fall and Spring overnight retreat includes fun activities, small groups, daily Mass, adoration, confession, and Scriptural reflection. Our hope is that students walk away having built camaraderie, fostered lasting friendships, and grown in their knowledge and love of Jesus.
The Calling is a biannual retreat open to any interested freshman. The day long retreat at Bishop Kenny focuses on listening for what God’s call on their life is, how to respond to that call and how to use prayer to make healthy decisions. The retreat also focuses on getting to know their peers in an authentic and genuine way. The retreat is led by a team of BK seniors and faculty.
Once a month all Bishop Kenny students and faculty have the opportunity to attend Mass together. These beautiful Masses feature the voices of our Bishop Kenny chorus. School-wide masses rely on the service of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and student readers/altar servers. Although there are over 1,300 students in the gym during these services, they are always reverent and respectful.
Altar Servers and Lectors
Students desiring to exercise ministry as lectors or altar servers are encouraged to submit an application available through Campus Ministry. See Mrs. Cabrey for details and scheduling.