St. Michael’s Catholic Academy strives to prepare the whole student for leadership, service, and decision making consistent with Catholic values.

About Faith Life

The Campus Ministry Program at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy seeks to serve the needs of every student. Such programming includes a vibrant liturgical life, service learning opportunities, retreat ministry, and leadership development, all coupled with strong academics in Catholic theology, as well as caring, full-time professionals in the Office of Campus Ministry.

We develop our students’ leadership skills through a variety of service and other opportunities. Leadership roles include Fish Camp small group leaders, lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at liturgies, Senior Leadership Team, and retreat leadership.

Liturgical Life at School

We celebrate Mass in two ways: Advisory Mass, and all-school Mass.
 
Advisory Mass is celebrated on Wednesdays at 10:05 am  and 10:35 am with the following schedule:
  • Advisor last name A-K 10:05 Mass
  • Advisor last name L-Z 10:35 Mass
All-school Mass is celebrated on the following days:
  • First full week of school
  • Archangel Mass
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Senior Blessing / End of the year
Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered one day each during Advent and Lent.

Retreat Life

Retreats play an important role in the faith formation of our students. Throughout their time at St. Michael's, students will have the opportunity to take time out of their everyday lives to spend with one another as we grow together in faith.

Fish Camp
Fish Camp is the first retreat experience for SMCA Crusaders.  This is an overnight retreat before school begins in August during which incoming freshmen have the opportunity to meet one another, familiarize themselves with our campus, participate in team-building challenges, and learn what it means to be a Crusader.  This event is peer led by the Senior Leadership Team and volunteers from all other grade levels.

Sophomores will have the opportunity to experience their own off campus and overnight retreats.  Students will have the opportunity to grow in faith and community with one another through group prayer experiences, challenge course elements, liturgy and more.  These retreats are designed and led by the Senior Leadership Team and upperclassmen volunteers to be age-appropriate, meaningful and fun!

Junior Street Retreat
Juniors will apply the concepts of solidarity and building a culture of encounter as they participate in a Mobile Loaves and Fishes designed Street Retreat. This over night retreat challenges students to see Christ in their neighbors who live on the streets of Austin, as well as build community among their peers as they, guided by a trained shepherd, traverse the parks and streets of downtown Austin.

Kairos
“Kairos” is a religious retreat program grounded in Catholic incarnational theology. It is an experience of Catholic community with a series of talks given both by peers and by adults.  Prayer and the sacraments are an essential part of the program as well as the participants' involvement in discussions and other exercises. The program lasts for three and one-half days with the challenge to continue it after the retreat concludes.

The program is not an answer to all of life’s problems. Rather, it helps to deepen one's faith life in an atmosphere where ongoing religious education and formation are available. We have been offering the Kairos retreat since 2001.  It is led by students and faculty who have attended a Kairos retreat previously.  Each spring, a group of juniors are invited to attend so that they can lead the first Kairos of their senior year.

List of 2 members.

  • Mr. Dennis Hodapp 

    Director of Campus Ministry
  • Laura Litschi 

    Theology Instructor
    Pace University - M.S.
    University of Notre Dame - B.A.
    University of Notre Dame - B.A.