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Faith

Whether or not you come from the Catholic tradition, you’ll find NDA’s theological studies will give you an inner strength and deep spiritual grounding that will root and bless you throughout your life.

Learning


Every journey needs a compass, so all students are required to take theology each year they are at NDA. Whether or not you come from the Catholic tradition, you’ll find these studies will give you an inner strength that will be a blessing to you throughout your life. 

  • 7th graders: Who the person Jesus Christ is
  • 8th graders; The mission and four Marks of the Catholic Church
  • Freshmen familiar with Catholicism: Jesus Christ: God’s Revelation, Mission, Ministry
  • Freshmen with little to Catholicism: Faith Basics
  • Sophomores learn about Jesus Christ: Source of Salvation and Sacraments
  • Juniors: Theology of the Body and Morality
  • Seniors: Faith in Action and Logic, Reason, & Apologetics

Juniors and seniors have the option of taking World Religions as an elective. A detailed description of these courses is available in our course catalog —NDA Course Catalog 2020-21

 


Worship

As a 7th or 8th grade student, you will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass weekly. As a high school student, you will attend Mass monthly. Our students are encouraged to assist in these celebrations as readers, sacristans, singers, and Eucharistic ministers. NDA students also attend monthly adoration in our chapel and are provided time to receive the sacrament of reconciliation once in the fall and once in the spring.

 


Serving


Through service, you’ll learn to draw connections between individual actions and the impact those actions have on others. All NDA students are asked to serve in ways that recognize and uplift the dignity of the human person.

  • 7th and 8th grade–annual day of service
  • Freshmen–20 hours of service
  • Sophomore–20 hours of service
  • Junior–20 hours of service
  • Senior–10 hours of service

Additionally, NDA’s service trips help those outside our local area:

Appalachia Service Trip
Every December since 1989, NDA juniors and seniors have traveled to Harlan, Kentucky, to provide 400 residents with thousands of presents, dinner and a visit from Santa.

Dominican Republic Service Trip
During this week-long summer trip, students can travel internationally to serve the needs of those in poverty. This relational ministry immerses them in another country's language and culture.


Fellowship

Our class level retreats are designed to help you explore the question “What are you looking for?” as it relates to community and spirituality. While our retreats are founded in Catholic teachings, care is taken to ensure that all of our students, regardless of their faith background, feel welcomed during their retreat experience.

7th and 8th grade retreat is an opportunity for you to grow as a community while recognizing the need for God in your life. You will come away from your retreat having formed stronger bonds with "sister" classmates.

Freshman retreat focuses on our mission as children of God and members of the NDA community. With your Link Crew Leader, you will learn more about the fundamentals of their faith and how we live out these beliefs at NDA.

Sophomore retreat is a bonding experience as a class in the spirit of NDA where you mix with your classmates in different ways and share your spirituality and beliefs with each other.

Junior Kairos retreat will be one of your most powerful and memorable experiences at NDA. The three-day, two-night off campus retreat provides our young women a time to step away from the daily routine and open their hearts to God. 

Senior retreat focuses on vocations and discernment. You’ll be given the opportunity to explore your vocation and learn about making decisions within the faith.


Faith in Action Teams (FIAT)


Just like Mother Mary said, “Fiat” or “let it be done” in Latin, to the Lord’s call. Notre Dame Academy encourages all students to follow the call of the Lord and to serve their family, friends, community and the world by being spiritual leaders at Notre Dame Academy as part of one of our FIAT teams:

  • The Evangelization Team helps to evangelize to their peers in day to day situations, as well as prayer and worship experiences.

  • The Retreat Team helps to plan and carry out spiritually enriching retreat opportunities for the student body.

  • The Worship Team of singers and musicians helps to lead the student body in song during Mass and other prayer opportunities. 

  • The Appalachia Retreat Team plans and leads the annual service trip to Harlan, Kentucky.

 

 


SportsLeader



 
 
 
 
 
 
We believe athletics provide a unique opportunity for our student athletes to develop both spiritually and physically. For that reason, NDA is proud to be the first all-girls school in Ohio to implement the SportsLeader program. SportsLeader is a Catholic virtue-based formation program with a structured, intentional and specific method and curriculum that focuses on four-pillars: Virtue, Mentoring, Ceremony and Catholic Identity. 
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