Leadership & Mission Trips

Mission Trips

BCHS offers several opportunities throughout the year for students to experience the culture of other communities while serving people in an area outside of our city through immersion mission trips.

2019 Summer Field Studies

Summer Field Studies
Current Bishop Chatard juniors and seniors are invited to join students from Roncalli and Cardinal Ritter for Summer Field Studies 2019: one part academics, one part adventure, one part retreat. Over the years, almost 3,000 students have participated in this unique outdoor experience. 2019 locations include San Juan National Forest and Mesa Verde National Park.

Trip Dates: June 10 – June 23, 2019

Students hike, climb, camp, cook, swim, raft, backpack, play, and pray in a uniquely challenging program that teaches students to respect themselves, to become leaders, and to work to achieve their dreams. Most importantly, students learn to read from the Book of Creation that God has given us to make known His grandeur, wisdom, and love for each of us.

Cost – $1,850: The tuition covers all transportation, food costs, backpack, sleeping pad, camping and park admission fees, rafting fees, laundry, showers, and lodging expenses. Students provide their own sleeping bag, daypack, and tent.

Flyer with details

Initial deposit for the trip was due Oct. 17.

Questions? Stop in or email BCHS teacher Mrs. Tebbe, stebbe@bishopchatard.org.
Read more on www.summerfieldstudies.com


El Salvador Mission Trip 2018/2019

Students walking at El Salvador Trip
El Salvador Trip 2016/2017

For the past 11 years, Bishop Chatard has offered a yearly immersion pilgrimage trip to Guarjila, El Salvador for juniors and seniors. This trip is not a typical mission trip; it is a pilgrimage, focused on meeting Christ along the way. It is a week of building lives and building relationships with the Salvadorian people, rather than building houses or doing repair work.

Students live the life of a Salvadorian for one week. Those on the trip have the opportunity to live with a host family, share all meals with our BCHS group, travel to different parts of the country, learn about the Salvadorian Civil War, learn about the amazing Catholic martyrs and saints who risked and lost their lives to be the voice of the poor. It is at time of prayer, reflection and tremendous growth

Students and leaders meet once a month to prepare for the trip; to learn about El Salvador, reflect, prepare and get to know each other before the trip.

In 2018/2019, there are 2 groups traveling to El Salvador. Over Thanksgiving, 7 students and 3 adults are on the trip; over Spring Break, 13 students and 3 adults will participate. Cost is $2000/student, which includes a portion to support the El Salvador youth center, a project supported by the Tamarindo Foundation (with roots in St. Pius X Parish).

If you would like more information or to make a donation for a student’s attendance or to the project, contact BCHS Campus Ministry Director, Carol Wagner at cwagner@bishopchatard.org


Nazareth Farm Mission Trip

During July 2018 summer moratorium, up to 6 students can travel to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. This is open to any student 16 years or older. Cost is $350.


Spiritual Leadership Clubs at BCHS

Adoration Team

Moderator: Deacon Rick Wagner

Bishop Chatard offers Adoration each month in the SBC (St. Benedict Center) Chapel. Theology teachers bring their classes to the chapel during designated periods to participate in Adoration. To ensure that the exposed Eucharist is never left alone in the chapel during unscheduled periods, the Student Adoration Team was born.
Requirements: Any Bishop Chatard student in good academic standing may participate as a member of the Student Adoration Team. The best candidates are those students who have a sincere desire to participate in an intimate encounter with Jesus, appreciate time devoted to reflective prayer, and want to ensure the school’s ability to offer regular Adoration to the community.

GO M.A.D. Club

Moderator: Carol Wagner, Dan Thompson

The Students ‘Making A Difference’ club gives students the opportunity to sign up and serve various non-profit communities around Indianapolis. Club members are dedicated to helping others and spreading God’s love to all. They participate in service opportunities as a group.
Requirements: Open to all.
Major Activities: Go M.A.D. service activities are open to club members. Sign up on the board outside of campus ministry. A permission slip is required, good for all activities. Contact coordinators for future events.

Prayer Blanket Club

Moderator: Carol Wagner

The Prayer Blanket Club makes different kinds of blankets: crochet, knitting, knotted fleece and flannel. Blankets made with love by club members are given to anyone in our Bishop Chatard community that needs comfort.
Requirements: Open to all.
Meetings: Club member meet to create blankets one day a week after school. See Mrs. Wagner for more information.

ProLife Club

Moderator: Carol Wagner

Pro-Life supports and promotes the Catholic attitude and teaching on the value of all life. This group strives to make evident to the students, staff and community our support of the moral issues of life. Members participate in various city and national events to plan major activities as well as develop ways to spread the message of respect for life and dignity.
Requirements: Open to all.
Major Activities: March for Life in Washington, D.C. in January. City-wide events and rallies, such as the Life Chain.

Promise To Keep

Moderator: Katie Hilton, Julia Hasbrook

Promise to Keep is an archdiocesan organization in which members declare support of chastity and prepare a one-hour presentation to be delivered to junior high students in our North Deanery feeder schools.
Requirements: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are sincere about the message they are promoting.
Major Activities: Presentations at North Deanery schools

Supporting and Encouraging Religious and Priestly Vocations (SERV)

Moderator: Carol Wagner

student digging in garden on service day Students Encouraging Religious Vocations (SERV) exists to create an atmosphere that promotes a free, honest, and informed discernment of God’s will and call in the lives of young people. We put our faith in Jesus Christ to help guide us in the education and awareness of religious vocations, particularly within our own Bishop Chatard community. SERV members challenge each of us, young and old, to do your part in building the Kingdom of God through our prayerful and concrete support of priestly and religious vocations.

While we ourselves may or may not feel personally called to priestly or religious life, we feel we serve our school and our church through these efforts.
We encourage you to:

  • Ask and invite those people you think would make good and holy religious men and woman if they have ever considered this vocation. Tell them what you see in them that makes you want to ask that question.
  • Be faithful to our common vocation to know love and serve God in all that we do (whether we are single, married, priest or religious) so that our young people have good role models to look to in discerning God’s will and being committed to whatever vocation they feel called to.
  • Pray as a community and personally for good and holy priests and religious.
  • Encourage those who are in our seminaries and schools of formation, letting them know you support them in prayer and other ways.

Major Activities: Awareness activities as determined by the group.

Theology of the Body

Moderator: Gary Pritts, Katie Schaffner, Amanda Horan

Theology of the Body explains the purpose of our creation as men and women. It delves into why we have desires for relationships with other people and how to respond appropriately.
Requirements: All are welcome.

Liturgical Music

Moderator: Mark Duray

Members of the Liturgical Music group participate in all Liturgies that Bishop Chatard High School celebrates during the academic year.
Requirements: All are welcome.

The above video was created by BCHS student journalists and originally published in The-Blueprint.org, the student-run news website.

Mentor to Mentor

Moderator: Deacon Rick Wagner, Jeff Bach

mentor to mentor meeting The Mentor to Mentor Program connects each freshman student with a senior mentor. Each meeting is focused on a new question to help guide discussion, such as: Who am I? What makes me uncomfortable? Where can I turn for help? and What are my high school goals?
The goal of this unique program is to provide the newest members of our school community with a senior mentor to offer guidance, support and affirmation, along with the wisdom that comes from experience. At the same time, the senior mentors develop important leadership skills and ‘pay forward’ the blessings they’ve received while at Bishop Chatard.
Requirements: Open to freshmen and seniors
Major Activities: The freshmen meet with their senior mentors approximately 8-10 times throughout the school year. Meetings begin with a large group presentation, after which the group separates for one-on-one mentor time.

St. Augustine's Prom

Moderator: Kim Shaw

Each year students plan and attend a Prom for resident’s at the St. Augustine’s Retirement Home. Students decorate the main hall at the St. Augustine Home for the event. Each student attending is an escort for a resident of the St. Augustine Home. Prom pictures are taken and distributed to the residents in attendance. Students dance the evening away with the residents and fellow students. It is one of the most memorable events of the year.
Requirements: All are welcome.
Major Activities: Prom is held in the Spring.

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