Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart


Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry is a vibrant component of Sacred Heart Academy that promotes our students’ spiritual development in the true sense of the Franciscan tradition.  The Ministry provides numerous occasions for prayer and self-reflection throughout the year, and helps students understand and appreciate the value of giving back to their community through service to others. 


Footprints Service Program


The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the example of St. Francis of Assisi call us to serve the needs of the community.  Through our Footprints Service Program, students provide community service, reflect upon their experiences, and understand the ministry of service in their own lives. 

All students are required to complete the following yearly requirements:

  • Provide at least 20 service hours, of which no more than 5 may be served at a SHA event 
  • Participate in the Day of SHAring
  • Attend 4 mentor sessions throughout the year, at which students may share and reflect upon their service experiences
  • Seniors must also complete a senior reflection paper about their service experience
  • Complete and submit a Footprints Placement Approval Form prior to beginning any service work
  • Complete a Footprints Verification Form for each service placement and submit it to the campus ministers or the mentors

Students who complete at least 50 service hours in a school year will receive the St. Clare Award for Service, and those who complete at least 100 service hours in a school year will receive the St. Francis Award for Service.  In addition, students who are exceptionally active in community service may be eligible for the Burger Family Community Service Scholarship and the Carole Sue Kmidowski Memorial Service Scholarship. 

The Campus Ministry will work with students to find an appropriate service placement and maintains a list of more than 150 Western New York organizations and agencies that require volunteer help.  Students are also encouraged to inquire about service opportunities at their church or parish.


Religious Services

Mass is celebrated at least once a month at SHA.  Our students, faculty and staff take primary roles in the liturgies, serving as lectors, sacristans, Eucharistic Ministers, liturgical planners, and in the music ministry.  Priests from area parishes are invited to celebrate the liturgy and the Sacrament of the Eucharist with us. 

The SHA community also holds several prayer services throughout the year, including Advent Wreath Services, Lenten Reconciliation Services, and Stations of the Cross.  Additional prayer services seek God’s blessing and guidance for special events in the SHA community.



Each year SHA students attend a class retreat that is planned and led by a team of upper classwomen.  Retreats are designed to promote self-reflection, personal and spiritual growth, and relationship building.  Freshwomen spend a day at Daemen College, sophomores and juniors experience their retreat at Harvest House, and seniors enjoy the campus of Stella Niagara.  In addition to class retreats, optional retreats explore special relationships and subjects.


13th Annual Day of SHAring: April 27, 2018

The Day of SHAring is a school-wide day of community service. All students, faculty, and staff, as well as many parents, alumnae and board members serve in approximately 50 organizations and agencies throughout Western New York, collectively donating thousands of hours of volunteer service to positively impact our community. 

Examples of the sites SHA has served include St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, Stella Niagara, the Buffalo City Mission, Canine Helpers for the Handicapped, the Buffalo Zoo, the Heart and Soul Dining Room, Vive la Casa, and the Ronald McDonald House.


Bridget McGuinness

Campus Minister

834-2101, ext. 312

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Maria Clare
Campus Minister
834-2101, ext. 335