Men of Verb are men with and for others that learn the importance of giving back to their community through our Christian Service program. Our young men are provided with the opportunities to help the elderly, visiting the sick, and coaching the youth. Each Verbum Dei student is required to complete a minimum of 5 direct Christian Service hours per quarter for four quarters, for a total of 20 direct Christian Service hours per school year. Any extra service hours completed during a quarter is credited toward future quarters within the same school year. Students may also begin as early as the summer break to start earning Christian Service hours towards the new school year. However, service hours may not be carried from one school year to the next.
Weekend Service Plunges
Each year, Verb offers two weekend service plunges. These are opportunities for students to get outside the city and do service in a new setting. Over the years, Verb has built a relationship with Xavier Prep High School, the Jesuit school in Palm Desert. We sleep at Xavier Prep, and some of their students perform the service with us while we are there that weekend. Our students see and begin to understand the economic disparity visible in the Coachella Valley.
Similarly, twice a year, students from Xavier Prep stay on Verb’s campus. Our students have the opportunity to do service with the Xavier Prep students in our hometown during those weekends.
Navajo Service Immersion Trip
Each spring, students have the opportunity to apply for the Navajo Service Immersion Trip. Twelve students are selected each year. We drive out to southeast Utah, stopping to see the Grand Canyon on the way. Once in Utah, we immerse ourselves in Navajo culture, learning about their traditions and beliefs. While there, we also perform service with the local community. This is an amazing opportunity for students to experience a culture and environment that is completely new, and to learn from that experience.