Every day is a religious experience.
Prayer marks all moments of the day; in Homeroom, before class, Midday Prayer, the Three O'Clock Prayer, and weekly prayer services enrich students' faith and religious life.
Faith in Action
Kellenberg Memorial students are encouraged to live their faith in many ways. While students are not obligated to participate in community service, over 70% of Kellenberg Memorial students participate in at least one service-based activity.
Uniquely Marianist
“Religion is not taught; it is communicated. Religion is instilled more deeply in the spirits and hearts of the students through the atmosphere that permeates the school rather than through teaching.”

- Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary
Retreats at Founder's Hollow in Accord, NY
Kellenberg Memorial students have the ability to experience retreat at Founder's Hollow, the 200-acre Marianist retreat facility in upstate New York.
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Online Spiritual Resources

Communicating with the Offices of the Chaplains and Campus Ministry

If you would like to talk to someone about your faith or have a spiritual concern, you may reach out to any of the following people:

Mr. Bryan Finn
Director of Apostolic Activities
ext: 340, mrfinn@kellenberg.org

Fr. Thomas Cardone, S.M.
Chaplain
ext: 291, frthomas@kellenberg.org

Fr. Daniel Griffin, S.M.
Chaplain for the Latin School
ext: 409, frdaniel@kellenberg.org

Campus Ministers:
Mr. Alex Basile
mrbasile@kellenberg.org

Mr. Daniel Brennan
mrbrennan@kellenberg.org

Bro. Michael Gillen, S.M.
bromichael@kellenberg.org

Mrs. Trista Harnisch
mrsharnisch@kellenberg.org

Mr. Shaun Moran
mrmoran@kellenberg.org

Mr. James O’Brien
mrobrien@kellenberg.org

About the A.R.K.

The Kellenberg Memorial experience is primarily a faith experience in the context of a school community. The religious life of the school centers around the ARK. The ARK is our campus ministry center. The word ARK stands for Apostolic Response at Kellenberg. Known for its spiral staircase, the ARK is home for our religious activities and serves as the place that organizes the faith life of our school.

Each day at Kellenberg Memorial is a religious experience.

Apostolic Life

Daily Mass is offered before the beginning of the school day at 7:20 a.m. in Maria Regina – Chapel of Our Lady. All the members of the Kellenberg Memorial family may attend–students, parents, family members, faculty and staff.

The school day begins with a short prayer video in homeroom which is broadcast over the school television system. The spirit of prayer continues through the entire day with prayer before each class, with the daily recitation of the Angelus at noon (during the Easter Season, the Regina Coeli) and with our final prayer, the “Three O’Clock Prayer,” at the end of the day.

Students have the opportunity to attend the Midday Prayer Service which is held before each of the lunch periods. Led by Seniors, this short service provides time to slow down and experience God as a daily routine in the school day.

On the Feast of The Triumph of the Cross, the year spiritually begins when the entire school gathers outside near the cross for an opening Prayer Service. The Feast of The Triumph of the Cross is a focal moment at Kellenberg Memorial, a time where we recall the power of God’s love for us and his triumph over sin and death.

Each month the entire school comes together for the celebration of the Eucharist. Three Masses are celebrated simultaneously in the auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held annually for the entire student body and also available at any time from one of the priests on the staff.

Special emphasis is given to the liturgical seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter. One major focal point at these times is the school-wide Prayer Service which is presented by the Kellenberg Memorial students.

Each year the Kellenberg Memorial Family gathers for an annual communion breakfast. Mass is celebrated in the auditorium followed by breakfast in the cafeteria. There are two communion breakfasts, one for the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, and the other for the 10th, 11th and 12th grades on Palm Sunday.

The Christmas Midnight Mass is celebrated each year in the auditorium for the Kellenberg Memorial Family. The celebration begins at 11:30 p.m. with traditional Christmas carols sung by the chorus.

As a Marianist school, particular emphasis is given to Mary as Mother of God. The Rosary Prayer Service is held in conjunction with the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. In addition, each May we crown Mary our Mother in the presence of our entire school community. Throughout the course of the year, other Marian feasts are highlighted.

Students are encouraged to become involved in the many religious and service activities which are conducted in school. Students are invited to join in the prayer of the Universal Church before each lunch period. Midday prayer is recited in the Maria Regina student chapel.

Faith Fridays are held throughout the school year by division. The Theme of Faith Friday is building relationships through a Community of Faith. These spiritual events are planned on the school calendar on Fridays throughout the year.

Retreat Programs at Kellenberg Memorial

Emmanuel Retreat House

The third floor of Kellenberg Memorial serves as our on-campus retreat center. All students participate in retreats, either by homeroom or by grade, as well as retreats for all athletic teams, clubs, and activities.

In Junior and Senior year, all students have the option of an over-night retreat in the Emmanuel Retreat House.

Stella Maris Retreat House

Located on Champlin Creek off the Great South Bay in Islip, NY, Stella Maris Retreat House, acquired in 2018, hosts retreats for Kellenberg Memorial’s Freshman Homerooms, Athletic teams, clubs, and apostolic activities.

The Retreat House also serves as home to our Crew team which uses Champlin Creek for training and practice. 

Founders Hollow Retreat House

This 200-acre plot of scenic property in upstate New York was acquired by the Province of Meribah to augment apostolic and retreat work. Founder’s Hollow is named in honor of Father William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary, who was beatified by Pope John II on September 32 3, 2000 in Rome, Italy. Various activities and athletic teams may use the facility for retreats, workshops, work weekends, seminars and training programs of an educational nature. All activities at Founder’s Hollow are coordinated by the Director of Founder’s Hollow.

Parish Religious Education Practicum (P.R.E.P.)

Kellenberg Memorial High School students have the opportunity to perform service to the local church by instructing children in religious doctrine through the Religious Education Programs of various parishes. Kellenberg Memorial High School provides transportation and supervision for this instruction in ten local parishes. Students are also encouraged to teach in their home parishes and will receive credit for the program.

The Universal Church

World Youth Day Pilgrims

Global Catholic Community
Pilgrims travel to internationally celebrated World Youth Days.
The Province of Meribah's WYD Pilgrimage
Since 2000, the Province of Meribah has sent pilgrims to World Youth Day.
Portugal 2022
Stay tuned for news from the upcoming World Youth Day gathering in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Lourdes Missionaries

212 Missionaries
Since 2015, Kellenberg Memorial has sent over 200 missionaries to Lourdes, France.
Works of Mercy
Since 2015, Kellenberg Memorial has brought missionaries to serve at the holy sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.
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Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes
Missionaries serve with the HNDL and assist at l’Accueil Marie Saint-Frai or Service de St. Joseph.
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

The ARK sponsors First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the school day in the Maria Regina Chapel. All members of the Kellenberg Memorial Family are welcome to attend. The Eucharistic Ministers will sponsor a prayer experience to begin Adoration during each period of the school day.

XLT

XLT (Exalt) is an intense worship experience centered around Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. On one Wednesday evening a month, students are invited to join their classmates and faculty for dinner, a presentation by a notable speaker and prayer.

The Sodality of Our Lady of the Pillar

The Sodality of Our Lady of the Pillar takes its origins from Father Chaminade and the work of the earliest Marianists. The Sodality movement became a great source for evangelizing youth after the turmoil of the French Revolution in an age where the practice of religion was almost nonexistent. At Kellenberg Memorial the Sodality has several goals:

  1. To foster awareness of our baptismal commitment to live as a Christian.
  2. To develop a greater sense of Christian community in each individual Sodality group. Jesus founded a community and it is the goal of Sodality to make each member realize the strengths that come from being in and praying with others.
  3. To acquire a deeper knowledge of Jesus and Mary by discussing and praying the Scriptures.
  4. To reflect on serious faith and moral issues which touch the lives of a young person today.

These goals are achieved through:

  • Weekly Sodality Meetings are held every Monday beginning at 3:00 p.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. This time is considered so valuable that no other school activities are scheduled at this time.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in retreats, religious activities and community volunteer programs. Because no other activity meets during Sodality, participation is not listed as a school activity.

All students enrolled in grades nine through twelve are eligible for joining Sodality. The Sodality groups are faith evolving groups, where the individual can grow spiritually with the same Faculty Moderator and group each year. The Sodality groups are organized according to division by the Directors of Sodality.

"Let us become saints, cost what it may. Let us constantly ask for the help of the Blessed Virgin."

The next poster decorating the halls of Kellenberg is dedicated to Blessed Adele, founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. 🔥🐥✝️ #FirebirdFaith
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As pilgrims of faith, the Wise Men themselves became stars shining in the firmament of history and they show us the way. The saints are God’s true constellations, which light up the nights of this world, serving as our guides. Saint Paul, in his Letter to the Philippians, told his faithful that they must shine like stars in the world.” - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The Christmas Story is one of those stories that we all know extremely well, and today as we celebrate the 12th Day of Christmas, we reflect on the arrival of the Three Kings, or “Wise Men” to Bethlehem. This day is known in the Church as the Epiphany, which means “manifestation, to show and to display.” In visiting the Newborn King, the three Wise Men got to participate in the very first adoration of Christ, alongside the Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph, and the shepherds of the fields. It was in this adoration that Jesus was first seen, displayed, and manifested as the long-awaited Messiah of Israel. And these Wise Men were among the first to share this Good News with the world. So on this day of celebration of the “first adoration,” be encouraged to attend Eucharistic Adoration as much as you can in this new year and be reminded that wise men (and women!) still seek Him. Happy Epiphany!
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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York City in 1774, right at the cusp of the American Revolution. She is one of the first Americans to become a saint. Born into a wealthy Episcopalian family, Saint Elizabeth lived her early life among members of prominent New York society. As the daughter of a physician, she had a heart for service and was very active in her community. She served and volunteered her time with various ministries for the poor alongside many important figures, including Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton.

When Saint Elizabeth’s husband became unwell, the young family traveled to Italy in the pursuit for better medical treatment. However, her husband sadly passed away from tuberculosis in 1803, leaving her a widowed mother to five children and completely bankrupt. It was in the midst of this great suffering in Italy that Saint Elizabeth encountered the Roman Catholic faith for the very first time. Those encounters with Catholicism remained in her heart and upon her return to New York, she converted. Because of her conversion, she became a social outcast in the community she grew up in and had served in for so many years. This led her to move her family to Emmitsburg, Maryland where Saint Elizabeth became affectionately known as she is known today, “Mother Seton.”

It was while in Maryland that Saint Elizabeth’s vocation truly began. She opened a school for girls, the first free Catholic school in America. With the community of women who ran the school, Saint Elizabeth started the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph whose vocation and mission was to educate and care for the sick and poor. Saint Elizabeth did all of this as she formed more schools and an orphanage, all while raising her five children. Her feast day is celebrated on January 4th and as she was both an educator and mother, she is a wonderful saint for students to pray to. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Pray for Us!
#Saintofthemonth #firebirdfaith
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We close out the Christmas octave, the eight days following the birth of Christ, with a day honoring Mary as the Mother of God. As Pope Francis wrote in 2016 ... "At the beginning of the new year, the Church invites us to contemplate Mary's divine maternity as an icon of peace." ...

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family. Today is dedicated to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, commemorating their life together in Nazareth and calling us to focus on Catholic family life. The Church presents the Holy Family to us as a model for our own family life. Please take the time to read Bro. Ken's reflection from his weekly principal's letter. ...

Since they cannot sing for you this year the Gregorian Consortium has a special Christmas message for you. ...