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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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.

Kellenberg Retreats

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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.

"St. Joseph is the model of the educator and the dad, the father. I therefore, entrust to his protection those who are fathers. Best wishes to you on your day! I ask for you the grace to be ever closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, close! They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. May you be for them as St Joseph was: guardians of their growth in age, wisdom and grace. May you guard them on their journey: be educators and walk with them. Thank you for all you do for your children: thank you. May St Joseph bless you and accompany you." Pope Francis

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers and father figures in your life!
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Yesterday Mr. Moran's sodality celebrated their time together and their recent graduation with a BBQ! We are told the ribs were delicious! We hope everyone has a great summer and we can't wait to share all the fun happening this summer through the ARK! 🔥🐥✝️ #FirebirdFaith ...

Have you ever lost something, prayed to Saint Anthony, and found the item very soon after?

That is because Saint Anthony is the patron saint of lost things and is associated with countless miracles involving lost people and lost goods. But who was Saint Anthony and why is he a great Catholic saint?

Saint Anthony was born in Portugal into a very wealthy family. He desired to enter into religious life by age 15 and soon became a scholar in Latin and theology. He eventually joined the Franciscan friars in Coimbra and his time there led him to become a missionary in Morocco. While there, he became very ill and was sent to Sicily to recover. It was during that recovery that Saint Anthony prayed and studied endlessly. Through that prayer and devotion, Saint Anthony was formed as an eloquent homilist, whose words reached the hearts of his fellow friars, visiting Dominicans, and even students, for he eventually became an educator in France at the universities of Montpellier and Toulouse. During his life, Saint Anthony spoke out against heretics and was committed to preaching the Gospel.

So why is he the patron of lost items? Well, the story goes that while he was teaching, a novice, who was leaving the Order, decided to steal Saint Anthony’s most prized possession, a book of Psalms which contained all his teaching and personal notes. Saint Anthony prayed incredibly hard that somehow, the book would be returned to him. Sure enough, that novice returned with the book and was extremely apologetic. The novice even ended up rejoining the Order, all through the prayers of Saint Anthony.

Saint Anthony’s feast day is celebrated on June 13th. Saint Anthony, Pray for Us!
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Saint Damien of Molokai was born in Belgium in 1840 and was the youngest of seven children. He worked on his family’s farm throughout his childhood and teenage years, which interrupted his education. Although he worked diligently on the farm, he desired to take religious vows very early on in his life. Eventually, he joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, alongside his older brother. He received tutoring from his brother and after closing the gaps in his education, Saint Damien was ordained a priest and sent as a missionary to Hawaii.

When he arrived in Hawaii, Saint Damien was sent to a leper colony on the Kalaupapa Peninsula. He immediately saw the suffering of the people, caused by anarchy, never-ending quarantine, and abysmal medical care. The people of the colony suffered from alcoholism and depression, all caused by the isolation that was believed to be necessary for leprosy patients. Saint Damien was only supposed to be there for a short stint of service, but he became the leader of the colony, asking the people to help construct a church for their new parish, dedicated to Saint Philomena. This church is still in use to this very day.

Unfortunately, Saint Damien contracted leprosy while caring for the sick of the colony. Through constant prayer and endless devotion to his faith, Saint Damien continued his mission in caring for these people, who would’ve otherwise been cast off by the rest of the world. His strength and love of God inspired all who knew him. He eventually succumbed to the illness on April 15th, which is now considered a minor statewide holiday in Hawaii, in his honor. His feast day is celebrated on May 10th, but in light of the pandemic, is considered a wonderful intercessor, in honor of all the healthcare workers who have sacrificed so much in caring for COVID patients this past year. Saint Damien, Pray for Us.
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Thank you to these students as they welcomed our newest Firebirds at Freshman Orientation for the Class of 2025! #FirebirdFamilyFeud ...