On the hill ... we reflect.

As a community with members from all over the world and a wide variety of religious traditions, FSHA celebrates the beauty and Veritas (truth) of every faith. Our rich diversity enhances the spiritual growth of the community individually as well as collectively.

Campus Ministry Program

The tradition of St. Dominic de Guzman underscores everything that happens on the Hill. The Catholic Dominican Order, which he started more than 800 years ago in Spain, pursues the vision of Veritas (truth) through the four pillars: prayer, study, community and service. 

FSHA student at liturgy
Student receives communion during liturgy

Students at each grade level participate in spiritual retreats led by adult and trained peer counselors. The spiritual journey that each FSHA student embarks upon begins her freshman year, with a one-day retreat with her classmates and continues through an extensive retreat program, liturgies throughout the year and religion classes. Retreats include a four-day retreat to Catalina Island for juniors and a four-day Kairos retreat for seniors. By the time she graduates, she is a young woman who understands and appreciates her value and the gifts that she brings to the world.

Kairos retreat
Students at Junior Retreat, an eco-spirituality retreat held on Catalina each year

The faculty campus minister trains students to minister during liturgies, prayer services, retreats and community service opportunities. Each grade elects its own campus minister to lead peers in prayer during class meetings, while the ASB campus minister embraces the campus at the beginning of each day with a prayer over the public announcement system. Students are trained as campus ministers, as journey leaders and as Kairos leaders — all of whom lead retreats.

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When I think of spirituality at FSHA, I think of laughing

By Ally Clapp '14

Specifically laughing,

Loudly with my friends during the skits that accompanied the homilies at every school Mass,

Unexpectedly when I found myself feeling so peaceful and relieved while shedding sincere and much needed tears with my small group on Junior Retreat,

And frequently with Mr. D’mello, before, after and/or during World Religions class (and still with Mr. D’mello on the occasional FaceTime call)

That’s perhaps not the image that comes to mind if you just say “faith” or “Catholic” or “spirituality” but I can think of almost nothing else when I think of the way I grew to know God at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Spiritual stuff often gets painted (sometimes literally painted— think of all the stern saints you’ve see on the walls of churches) as this very serious and somber, quiet, personal and reverent thing, which it can be and is in many cases. But on the Hill and everywhere else since, I’ve come to know growing closer to God as unavoidably intertwined with a deep sense of joy.

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Incorporating the Dominican Pillars

The four Dominican Pillars inform and inspire the work of the campus ministry program in many ways, including:


We set aside time in classes, assemblies, retreats and liturgies to join together in prayer. Special intentions for our students, families, community and world are remembered. Prayer is celebrated through spoken word, music and dance.


We cherish the fact that Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is a faith community within an academic setting. This setting allows students to study faith and spirituality within four years of religious study.


We celebrate our strength as a vibrant faith community, ensuring that we gather together to mark special religious, seasonal and academic occasions. Each grade gathers together multiple times during the year for retreats.  


We expect each student and family to give back to their communities. While each student must complete a minimum number of service hours in a year, many go above and beyond through their continued service to the poor, the young, the elderly, the disenfranchised and the earth.
"I am grateful for the opportunities FSHA has given me to deepen my Dominican faith, specifically as a member of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team and by attending the Dominican Preaching Conference in Michigan" —Amanda Vigil '15

Campus Minister

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  • Abagael Davitt 12

    Campus Ministry / Religion Teacher
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth. 

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
High School Office: 626-685-8300
Admissions: 626-685-8521

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