Following the mission of the Daughters of Divine Charity, Hilltoppers strive to "Make God's Love Visible" in everyday life. Masses are planned by students working with our Campus Ministry Office. All students attend annual off-campus retreats for their grade level, giving them time for spiritual growth amidst their busy school schedules.
Though St. Joseph Hill Academy is a Catholic school, all religious backgrounds are welcome here. Hill's focus on spirituality, no matter what religious background the student comes from, helps students feel comfort, community and purpose.
Unique to high schools on Staten Island, Hill is the only high school to provide the life-altering opportunity to attend Kairos Retreat Program. Kairos Retreats are two four-day, three-night, off-campus retreats for juniors and seniors. Known as "God's time," they are an opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and grow in relationship with self, others, and God. Students serve as leaders and adult leaders are composed of current faculty/staff and alumni. An alumnae also serves as a rector for each retreat - the person who runs the retreat itself. Kairos retreats are grounded in the Catholic faith but students of all faiths have attended and have found them meaningful. Many students refer to their Kairos Retreat experiences as "the best experience of their lives."
Through student clubs like the Junior Associates, many students choose to engage in social activities and spiritual events with the retired Sisters who reside at the St. Joseph Hill Convent. The bond formed between the students and the Sisters is invaluable, and gives students an understanding of the order who founded their school.
Student Ministry is a group of students who participate in Bible Study two times per month, plan prayer services and Masses, and participate in community service opportunities. It is a fun way for students to get to know each other and God. This club is a place to be at peace with God and oneself. It is a wonderful way for student's to expand their faith.
Moderators: Sister Liceria, Sister Denise, and Ms. Mistretta