Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Retreats offer students a chance to form new friendships, reflect on their lives, and reflect on their relationship with God. These single day, overnight, and multi-day retreats are spread throughout the year , one retreat model for each grade-level, with the Junior Kairos as the core retreat experience for students. Financial aid is available to help cover the cost.

The retreats are primarily led by senior students, except the Senior Retreat which is led by adults. For more information contact the Retreat Coordinator, Ms. Karen Yavorsky.

Find out more about our retreats »

School-wide Liturgies

LiturgiesThroughout the school year, Campus Ministry offers an array of liturgical opportunities which provide our school community moments to pause in our busy lives, pray together and celebrate the gift of God’s presence and love in our lives, which calls us to go out to love and serve the world. All of our liturgies are student-planned and led!

School-wide Liturgies
• Mass of the Holy Spirit
• All Saints – Dia de los Muertos
• Interfaith Thanksgiving Liturgy
• Advent-Christmas or Feast of
our Lady of Guadalupe
• Ash Wednesday
• End of the School Year
Class Liturgies
• Senior and Parent/Guardian
• Junior Class
• Sophomore Class
• Freshman Class
• Senior Baccalaureate Mass

Senior Campus Ministry Team

Senior Campus Ministry Team, or CMT, is an year-long, hands-on training in ministry and leadership. Students involved meet during a class period to plan and lead the school-wide liturgies, facilitate Freshman and Sophomore retreats, carry out various charity/social justice drives on campus and develop their leadership skills.

CMT also partners with other campus leadership groups including ASB, Eco Leaders, Solidarity in Action, Health and Wellness Educators, Dragon Ambassadors and Lead Peer Tutors.

Application for the Campus Ministry Team is via the Advanced Leadership Teams Joint Application each Spring.

For more information, contact Ms. Mary Mallahan Hicken via email or at (510) 577-9100 ext. 165.

Charity Drives

At O’Dowd, we strive to educate leaders of competence, conscience and compassion. One way we show our ongoing compassion is through our annual Charity Drives.

Dollar Days happen as a response to a local/national emergency need. Donations are collected in 1st period classes and monies are sent to an organization providing services to victims of fires, hurricanes, flood, etc. These collections are designed for students to give a dollar, or whatever is in their pocket.

The Fall St. Vincent’s Day Home Holiday Gift Drive provides gifts + gift cards for children and their families in West Oakland who face economic hardships during the holiday season. Our O’Dowd school community has supported and partnered with SVDH families for 30+ years!

The Spring Mission Drive helps us remember O’Dowd is a part of the global community. We support one organization with an international focus, raising funds and educating ourselves about the people served and the social issues the recipient organization addresses.

For more information, contact Ms. Mary Mallahan Hicken via email or at (510) 577-9100 ext. 165.

Daily Prayer

At O’Dowd, we start each day – at 8:30 a.m. – with a prayer read by students/faculty/staff over our announcement system. The whole campus pauses at this time of reflection. The offering of a prayer supports the practice of the Catholic faith by acknowledging that we are in the presence of God while also establishing a healthy daily meditative moment of reflection and intention-setting for students, faculty and staff of all faiths.

Prayer Resources are here »

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Daily Readings »

Peer Ministry

Our peer ministry teams are fellowship and faith sharing groups within campus ministry. Students build community and minister to one another in fun and friendly meetings, typically held during MP (Meeting Period). They can also develop leadership skills by planning and leading their annual class liturgy.

Organized by grade level, Peer Ministry is open to all students in each grade. Grounded in the mission and philosophy of O’Dowd, the individual class ministry teams seek to be inclusive groups where student can explore their own spirituality, discuss issues relevant to faith and participate in ministering to their peers. There is no expectation of affiliation with any faith to participate, just come with an open heart.

To Learn More, Contact Fr. Jim Sullivan »