Student Life

Campus Ministry

Led by Christ, and in the spirit of St. Dominic,
the Rosary High School community
embraces the pillars of
prayer, study, community and preaching.

Saint Dominic, O.P.

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”

Weekday Mass

Students, staff and their families are invited to join the sisters in the Rosary convent chapel for 6:45 a.m. Mass on school days.

Sunrise with the Sisters: New this year, on Thursdays, students, staff and their families are invited to join the sisters in the Rosary convent chapel for 7 a.m. Mass.

Daily Prayer

We depend on prayer to shape the rhythm of our day at Rosary. At the start of each day, the entire community stands and prays in one voice. All classes begin with prayer and teachers are attentive to sharing a variety of prayer forms with students. Dominican Preachers plan and lead classroom prayer experiences in the morning. Students at every grade level have the opportunity to lead classroom prayer experiences and assist in all-school Masses. 

Prayer Book

Everyone is invited to write their prayer intentions in the school prayer book near the main office. The community remembers these special prayers at the start of each day as we pray for “…the prayers written in our school prayer book and the prayers we hold in the quiet of our hearts …” If your family has a particular prayer request, we encourage your daughter to include it in our book.

Campus Ministry Office

Campus Ministry is committed to serving the pastoral needs of the Rosary community and partners with families to encourage students to grow as young women of faith.
In addition to Mass and adoration, Campus Ministry invites students to gather in community for informal activities such as games, lunch events, Rosary prayer groups, and much more.

Mass, Adoration and Community Prayer

An all-school Mass is celebrated each month and includes Holy Days of Obligation as well as other significant occasions --- the beginning of the school year and Catholic Schools Week, for example. Students receive formation to enable them to serve as lectors, cantors, liturgical coordinators, ministers of hospitality, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and musicians. Students are recruited for these roles through our annual Time and Talent sign-up in the fall. 
In addition to Mass, the entire school regularly gathers for prayer. These events mark special days in our community: October’s all-school rosary day, Ash Wednesday Mass, Advent and Lent reconciliation services, May Crowning, and the Senior Blessing ceremony are part of every year. Adoration is held once a month and the Rosary is said once a week after school. 
Families and friends are always welcome to join the Rosary High School community for our Mass, Adoration, and prayer services. If you are able to join us, please use the office entrance to sign in and pick up a "visitor" name-tag.

Community Prayer 2022-23

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First Friday Adoration

  • September 1
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1
  • February 2
  • May 3

Dominican Preachers

Each summer, students from Dominican high schools across the country gather for a week of prayer, leadership development, and service. Rosary High School sponsors four students each summer for this Dominican experience. Selection for attendance at the summer conference is by application in May of sophomore year. Students who attend the conference agree to serve as a Dominican Preacher during junior and senior year.

The Dominican Preachers meet twice each month and are proactive about incorporating the Dominican charism of preaching in the life of our school. A Dominican Preacher offers a reflection at the close of Mass, prayer services, and other school events. They also offer morning prayer for the school. Many of these reflections can be found on Rosary's video channel.

Grade-Level Retreats

Students at all grade levels participate in a day-long retreat. These retreats are facilitated by the Student Campus Ministry Retreat Team and include opportunities for prayer, witness, and small group sharing.
  • Freshmen Retreat: September 20 
  • Sophomore Retreat: January 24
  • Junior Retreat: February 22 - 23
  • Seniors: KAIROS (optional): November 14-17 

KAIROS Retreat

Students have the opportunity to experience a KAIROS retreat in the fall or spring semester of senior year (extra spots will be offered to Juniors). KAIROS is a national Catholic retreat program, which provides students with an extended opportunity to examine their relationship with God, their families, and their peers. The three-and-a-half-day format includes witness talks by adult and student team members, prayer, small group sharing, and opportunities for quiet reflection.

Following the retreat, KAIRONIANS meet monthly for shared prayer in a gathering called "4th Day."

Campus Ministry Retreat Team

This retreat team is composed of seniors who are leaders in school, family, church, and community. The team meets weekly for leadership formation and is responsible for planning and facilitating all the grade-level retreats as well as assisting at Mass and prayer services. Selection for retreat team membership is by application in April.


The Dominican perspective that we preach with our lives is reflected in our commitment to service. Students at all grade levels are expected to offer community service to a recognized charitable (not-for-profit) organization. Each year, a minimum of 20 hours of service is required. Students are encouraged to explore the needs of their local communities and to discover ways they can make a difference. To see a complete description of this service requirement for a typical year please see the Rosary High School Handbook.
We use an online tracking and reporting system for all service hours. This system allows students to enter their community service hours online at any time, find and sign up for new volunteer opportunities, receive reminders, and print a service hour log that can be used for college applications.
Online Service System:
Rosary High School is a Catholic, college-prep high school for young women sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois. Rosary creates a sisterhood of truth, faith and strength.