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Christian Service Project


Br. John Steilberg, O.P.,, ext. 176


The Christian Service Project helps students forge connections between the knowledge of faith and morals that they learn in Theology classes, with well-reasoned, committed action on behalf of God’s people.

All Fenwick Friars participate in the Christian Service Project. Freshmen will do so as part of a Theology I class project. Sophomores will participate in one of six Christian Service Days. Juniors will volunteer 25 hours at an approved site. Seniors will complete the project with an additional 20 volunteer hours. Most projects are done in collaboration with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.


When each of us does our part and uses our God-given gifts, we help to build up the local church and the larger Christian community (cf. Ephesians. 4:12). Service is at the heart of the Gospel and is one of the Four Pillars of the Dominican Order (prayer, study, community, service/preaching).

Service to others is a way to show that we’re thankful for God’s gifts to us. It’s provides blessings to those we serve. It encourages other Christians to join us in service and it provides a positive example to non-Christians. Service honors the God who first loved us [cf. 1 John 4:19]. It also makes discipleship-life more meaningful when we share the gifts given us by the Holy Spirit.

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace [1 Peter 4:10].”


  • Food, clothing, toiletries and school supply drives
  • Senior Service at Bishop Conway Residence, Accolade Adult Day Care, Bishop Goedert Residence, Donald Kent Residence, Ozanam Village and Matthew Manor
  • Children’s programs at St. Mary of Celle (summer)
  • Tutoring at St. Catherine and St. Lucy (school year)
  • Food and clothing pantries at West Suburban Catholic Charities Offices

Joseph Trout

Department Chair

ext. 242