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Living Our Values - The Catholic Social Tradition

At O’Dowd, we are called to work for social justice. We are called to see the dignity in every person, to stand in solidarity with the historically marginalized, to act in faith for the common good. Service learning at O’Dowd takes place over all four years, integrating the classroom with community-based service and reflection. In building relationships with those most marginalized in our society, students develop their own personal understanding of the Christian call to love, and often find themselves transformed. 

Each O’Dowd student completes the following service learning projects, graduating with a minimum of 100 hours of service.
Service Immersions Trips
Service Learning Faculty
Michael Downs, Director of Justice and Kinship

Raised in Montana, Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Education. He went on to earn an MA in Christian Spirituality from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. He is most inspired by O’Dowd’s unique Charism of social justice, kinship with creation, and joy. 

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