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Student Life

Service at St. Ambrose Academy

Seeing the students work together in service was a highlight of my experience. They really worked hard and took their responsibilities seriously. They were mature and joyful and were great representatives of St. Ambrose. As a St. Ambrose parent, it was so wonderful to see, and it really affirmed our decision and the joy we experience sending our children to St. Ambrose Academy.

– Steve, Parent Volunteer

Loving our neighbor is a commandment we at St. Ambrose Academy take to heart, both in our day-to-day interactions within our community and going outside of our doors to serve others. 

As a school community, we set aside a day each semester for a Service Day.

Groups of students, led by parent or faculty chaperones, lend a hand and a joyful spirit to service works throughout the Diocese, contributing more than 1700 service hours. These Service Days also bring together the St. Ambrose community in new ways, as younger and older students get to know each other while working side-by-side. These friendships continue to make St. Ambrose a close-knit community of people who know and care for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

We strive to consistently serve at many of the same organizations in order to better know our neighbors and their needs. Through these relationships, we hope to bring Christ to others and form stronger bonds within the greater Madison community. 

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10

Organizations we have served in the past include Catholic Multicultural Center’s Culinary Garden, Babies & Beyond, St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Madison Vocations Office, Resurrection Cemetery, St. Paul’s Catholic Center, The Beacon, Second Harvest, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, All Saints Community, St. Peter Catholic Church in Ashton, Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Monona, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Waunakee, Central Midwest Ballet Academy, and many others!    

Beyond this, students are regularly engaging in personal volunteer commitments through their parishes and other community organizations. Through these acts on behalf of others, students discover humility. They discover love in action. And they become ministers of God’s grace to the world!