1 John 3:18

“Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.”

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.

Definition

The National Society for Experiential Education defines service learning as "carefully monitored service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience."

Rationale

Faith, justice and service are inseparable components to fulfilling the Gospel mission. Before his ascension into heaven in St. Matthew's Gospel, Jesus commands his apostles, "go therefore and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:19)." These are not empty words. Rather, it is the great commission that empowers and requires the faithful to perform acts of service, mercy, and compassion.

The Father Ryan service learning program allows students to accept the responsibility of the great commission by becoming living examples of the Gospel with their actions and deeds. Therefore, to fulfill the mission of Father Ryan High School, students are expected to engage in service learning as part of their faith, emotional, educational, and personal development.

Goals

  • 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

List of 4 items.

  • 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
  • Local Service Opportunities

    Over many years, Father Ryan has developed partnerships with many local organizations that provide service opportunities for students. The Office of Campus Ministry and Student Life coordinates many service events for students and advertises them through a monthly Service Calendar and online. For more information, contact Mr. Jonathan McGee, Service Coordinator for our Campus Ministry department.
  • Service Day

    On All Saints Day in November, Student Council coordinates a Service Day for students. Nearly 100 students choose to go out into the community and serve those most in need through partner organizations.
  • 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 last year's Special Olympics.

    The Tennessean
    The Tennessee Register

St. Vincent de Paul 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.