In 2005, Servite debuted the nation’s first comprehensive four-year Formation Program designed to transform boys into men who are powerful, faith-filled leaders in college, their profession, and their family and personal life.
The Formation Program weaves academics, athletics, activities and spirituality together in a seamless experience that gives graduates a firm foundation for success.
The program begins with an intense and rewarding Freshman Formation Weekend the July before the start of freshman year and concludes with graduation and alumni participation. Servite men are continuously evaluated in terms of their academics, leadership and teamwork, and character and spiritual development.
Servite Formation aligns all aspects of a student’s life—classroom, sports, activities, arts, faith, family life and friends—to form each student into a good young man ready for success in college and life. The goal is to develop Servite men who have the knowledge, character and wisdom to lead a good life, to lead a good family, to lead in their profession, and to lead others to Christ by their example.
All students are shaped by the people around them and the experiences they have. When a student goes to class, plays a sport, visits a friend’s house or goes to church, he is shaped—he is formed—by the people he encounters and the experiences he has.
For students at most schools, the experiences that form a student into an adult are random and uncoordinated. A student may hear a message or have an experience at home or at church that forms them one way, and then hear completely different, conflicting messages in the media, at school or with friends that shapes them in contradictory ways.
Servite Formation is designed so that all of a student’s experiences in every aspect of his life—classroom, home, athletics, arts, friends—shape him in the same, consistent way.
Servite Formation encourages faculty, parents, coaches, staff, alumni and our community to use the Servite Formation Themes—Primacy of Faith, Mastery of Self, Necessity of the Other and Centrality of Christ—so that each student hears the same messages and has the same experiences whether he is in class, in practice or rehearsal, or at home or with friends. The common themes and lessons give each student a solid foundation for understanding life, and the good habit patterns and character necessary to live a good life.
While most schools focus on the classroom and knowledge, Servite Formation goes beyond that to develop character, wisdom and goodness. Formation is not a separate program at Servite. Formation is the Servite community tying together everything that happens to a student to shape him into a good young man ready for success in college and life.
It is important to note that within the context of the Formation Program, “teaching” is not limited to the classroom experience. All members of the faculty and staff play an active role as a teacher, or guide, in the formation of every student with whom they work. The importance of each member’s active participation cannot be over-stated. As the Sacred Congregating for Catholic Education reminds us in The Catholic School on the Verge of the Third Millennium:
“Teaching has an extraordinary moral depth and is one of man's most excellent and creative activities, for the teacher does not write on inanimate material, but on the very spirits of human beings. The personal relations between the teacher and the students, therefore, assume an enormous importance and are not limited simply to giving and taking. Moreover, we must remember that teachers and educators fulfill a specific Christian vocation and share an equally specific participation in the mission of the Church, to the extent that ‘it depends chiefly on them whether the Catholic school achieves its purpose.’”
Thus every component of the student experience must be seen as playing a unique and vital role in the formation of each student, for the whole student is not limited to any one component but is rather formed and affected by every activity and relationship that comprises their unique student experience.
The Servite Formation Themes are the shared, unifying themes that faculty and staff, coaches, parents and alumni use so that students learn the same lessons no matter where they go: the classroom, athletics, arts, and activities, at home and with friends. A history teacher, a football coach and a parent can all use Mastery of Self to talk about the importance of character in George Washington, in preparing for a football game, and in encouraging a young man to clean his bedroom.
Primacy of faith - Life’s greatest and most important truths cannot be discovered by reason alone. We must accept that mystery exists and that life is a series of acts of faith, large and small. The most elemental act of faith is the belief that we possess a fundamental uniqueness that makes us who we are – unlike anyone else, past, present, or future.
Mastery of self - The gifts that make us who we are reveal the unique vocation we have been given by God. By mastering ourselves and developing our gifts, we will make the world a better place in a way that no one else ever can. This is the fundamental responsibility that gives meaning and purpose to our lives.
Necessity of the other - An honest assessment of who we are reveals that we have limits and need others. Properly developing ourselves requires that we properly develop all the relationships that make us who we are.
Centrality of Christ - There is one “other” we can never do without. God made us who we are and Christ brought us direct contact with God. Therefore, everything we do should be under Christ’s direction and modeled after him. We should note especially that Christ’s fundamental teaching is love as defined by mercy. This should be the measure of all our relationships.
It may be helpful to note that the Formation Themes are not hierarchical or even chronological. In an organic, experiential way, an individual moves through them as they are ordered above, but this movement is rarely conscious and daily life requires application of each theme in unique ways and in an infinite variety of circumstances.
All Servite faculty and staff are responsible for applying the Formation Themes through the medium within which they interact with students.
Faculty members via the classroom experience.
Counselors via their guidance and direction.
Coaches via their respective sports.
Co-curricular directors and moderators via student programs and activities.
Campus ministers via spiritual guidance and development.
Staff members via their modeling and respective interaction with students.
Combined with the inherent formative value of their respective medium (classroom learning, athletic competition, etc.), it is through their application – but most especially modeling – of the Formation Themes within their unique contexts that all members of the faculty and staff are most fully participants in the Formation Program.
The single most important element in the success of the Formation Program is a comprehensive campus climate that exposes each student to the person of Christ, drawing them to embrace Christ, love Christ, imitate Christ, live Christ, be Christ, so as to draw others to Christ.
Greetings Parents and Guardians of the Class of 2022,
As we continue through your son’s final semester at Servite, I am excited to invite you to RSVP for the dinner social at the conclusion of the Senior Class Pilgrimage on Sunday, March 6th. The festivities will begin around 4:30pm as the seniors make their return to campus. We will be having a catered Italian dinner including pasta, salad and garlic bread in the quad along with cornhole, music, and time to relax and connect with your fellow Friar families. There will be no cost for your senior Friar to enjoy this dinner. The dinner will cost $10 per person for everyone else you would like to bring - whole families are welcome! Please RSVP and pay for your family before February 23rd so we can adequately prepare. We will not be able to accommodate walk ups at this event. Looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2022 together! If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience email@example.com. God bless!
Assistant Director of Facilities, Assistant Director of Formation (Sophomores)
2023 Summer Camps
Servite Summer Camps are gearing up for another great summer of fun! Learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship, your faith, and more.
This year's offerings include four unique weeks of Robotics Camp and six sports camps including baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling!