Faith Life

The passion scene during Way of the Cross at BCHSThe Office of Campus Ministry focuses on individual faith formation by providing weekly Mass and bi-weekly reconciliation, daily prayer opportunities, liturgical events, retreats and individual pastoral guidance for students and faculty. The importance of individual participation and Christian unity among school community members is promoted, and the liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church are incorporated into all school liturgy planning.

In order to encourage a connection with the wider Catholic community, North Deanery pastoral leaders are invited to all campus ministry events.

View Our Liturgy Schedule

Christian Service

girl wiping cabinetsThe Bishop Chatard Christian Service Program utilizes a “just get them started” philosophy. We require a minimum number of service hours so that students are exposed to the gift of serving others. Once immersed in service, students quickly see the benefit to others as well as to themselves – they are being formed as Christian servants.

While teachers and staff members throughout Bishop Chatard support service opportunities and work with students to help them fulfill this important part of the Bishop Chatard mission, the true success of the service program rests on the commitment of our young men and women.

Read more about our Christian service program


Student praying in front of the altarBishop Chatard supports a structured retreat program designed to enable students at every grade level to reflect on God’s presence in their everyday lives and how they might bring God’s presence to others through discipleship. The retreat experiences allow each student an opportunity to connect their knowledge of faith and Christian values with actual life situations. The goal of each retreat is to bring the students to Christ in order to reiterate the importance of having Christ at the center of one’s life.

Freshmen attend a day of reflection during the school day, while sophomores attend a one-day retreat experiences at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. Juniors have the opportunity to attend an overnight retreat. The retreat program culminates with the Christian Awakening Retreat, an extended retreat experience that occurs during senior year.

View Retreat Details and Schedules

Servant Leadership

Students at Pro-Life March

A natural outcome of faith formation – liturgy, retreats and service – is the development of Christian leaders. Students see the value in what they have experienced and step forward to pass it on to the younger students, truly building the Body of Christ.

Students play an integral part of all campus ministry activities, especially the school’s liturgical events. In addition, a core team of juniors and seniors are trained to serve as team members for the underclass retreats.

Campus ministry is responsible for organizing and training adults and students to share their faith and gifts in order to create a sense of Christian community at Bishop Chatard.

Explore our faith-based leadership and mission/immersion opportunities

Campus Ministry Goes Virtual at Power Hour!

Each day during virtual learning during November and December, from 12:45-1:15, all students are invited to join the Campus Ministry Power Hour. Campus Ministry will have fun games and faith-formation activities to keep students energized and connected to the BCHS community while at home. No one will want to miss:

  • Games on Mondays
  • Liturgy of the Hours on Tuesdays
  • Cooking with Campus Ministry on Wednesdays
  • All-school Mass on Thursdays
  • small faith groups on Fridays

More information will be sent to students from Campus Ministry via email!

Check in with Campus Ministry

Students: Do you want to talk with a Campus Minister about life, faith, or anything in between? Sign up for a 10, 15, or 30 minute slot (Google Meet) with either Mr. Patzke or Mr. Kelley!
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Or, email either Mr. Patzke or Mr. Kelley with any questions you may have: or

St. Vincent de Paul in need of men's clothing

St. Vincent de Paul is in desperate need of donations of men's clothing and shoes! Bishop Chatard has a SVdP blue dropbox behind the Blockhouse in the back parking lot. It is really easy to drop things off before or after school! Feel free to deposit any other clothes, shoes, or linens in the bin, too! If you drop off shoes, please tie them in a plastic bag. Thank you for supporting the our partnership with and mission of St. Vincent de Paul!

Vocations Interview Panel

This video, moderated by Joel Kelley, Associate Diretory of Campus Ministry, was created for the 2020 National Vocations Awareness Week.

Cardboard City October 2018

This event, held every other year, aims to raise students’ awareness of homelessness in Indianapolis. BCHS students spend a night ‘outside’, experiencing life as a homeless person might.


Read a story about the event written by BCHS student journalists in

2019/2020 School Theme

2019-2020 School Theme I can do all things through Christ who is my strength.

Useful Links

United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (

The Criterion, the Archdiocese Weekly Newsmagazine

All Pro Dad National Website

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis offers an array of young adult ministry, college ministry, and numerous events throughout the year for those ages 18-25. See more at:

Resources for families

As tragic deaths happen around us, whether close by to people we know or in the world at large, we wonder how to make sense of the sorrow and loss. Youth especially often struggle to handle sadness they have or to console those they know who are feeling the loss deeply.

We offer these resources below as a starting place for any parent to recognize suffering and guide their child in coping with their feelings or depression.

If you, as a parent or student, have any concern or questions, please do not hesitate to contact someone at the school who you feel comfortable with. Anyone in the Campus Ministry department, the Guidance Department, a close teacher or administrator at BCHS will be more than happy to guide you. Other parents may also be a help.

Depression and Suicide Resources

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