St. Oscar Romero

"Aspire not to have more, but to be more... to give abundantly to others.”

Our Partners in Service

Service Learning

Service learning allows students to link school-based knowledge with the experience of actively living the Gospel. It encourages students to take the teachings of Christ beyond the textbook, and by so doing, become actively engaged in their Christian faith. It helps them to become other-centered in a culture that focuses primarily on the self.


  • To make efforts to act justly in regards to poverty, oppression, and marginalization
  • To instill in our students the responsibility to respond to the Gospel call of serving others
  • To expose students to the range of service and the opportunities they have to apply their gifts
  • To help guide students in the spiritual exercise of reflection, action, reflection
  • To challenge students to use their classroom experiences and apply them to service
  • To enhance and complement Father Ryan's curriculum by offering meaningful service and reflection opportunities

Service Learning Opportunities

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  • Relay for Life

    For more than a decade, Father Ryan has led the largest per-capita Relay for Life in the nation. Collectively, these events have raised over $1.5 million for cancer research. 

    Held annually on a Saturday in late September or October, Father Ryan's Relay for Life is a pinnacle of the Father Ryan experience and a day that everyone in the community has come to look forward to. 

    Click here to learn more.
  • Service Learning Requirements

    At Father Ryan, we have a specific service-learning curriculum that empowers students to serve those most in need through the Works of Mercy. It is important that students understand these expectations before completing service hours. If you are a current or future student and would like to learn the details of these requirements, please click the link below.

    View the Service Learning Requirements
  • Special Olympics

    Each Spring, Father Ryan partners with Special Olympics of Middle Tennessee to host this regional event where nearly 400 athletes compete. Students serve as volunteers for a day of athletic competition for those with special needs. Click the links below to see news coverage from 2020's Special Olympics.

    News 4
    News Channel 5

Emily Phan '21 Wins Service Award

Congratulations to Emily Phan '21 for winning the prestigious Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award for 2020 in the Direct Service category.

This is the second straight year that a Father Ryan student has won this award, as Emily follows Ella Delevante '20, who received the Direct Service Award last year.

Emily's commitment to The Little Pantry That Could and her dedication to serving others inspires us all. Read more about her work and view her video on receiving the award at

The Tennessee Register also profiled Emily's accomplishment. Click here to read the story

St. Vincent de Paul Service Society

Membership into the St. Vincent de Paul Service Society is conferred upon Junior and Senior students at Father Ryan High School who have completed at least 120 hours of service to the poor and marginalized through a corporal work of mercy. At least 40 of these hours must be with one organization, showing a depth of commitment and an ongoing relationship of solidarity that the student has built over time. Applications are available annually in March.