Christian Service

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“Were we to know the merit and value of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbor for the love of God, we should prize it more than gold or silver.”

-Edmund Rice


At Brother Rice we answer Edmund’s call to serve our neighbor for the love of God.  Every Brother Rice student seeks to serve the Lord in their neighbor by performing 20 hours of service to the community each year.  We develop the Soul, Body and Mind of each student and our service for others has had a lasting effect on our students.

  • Freshman: 10 of the required hours may include work done at Brother Rice – but only 5 of these may be for hosting a visiting student.
  • All other grades: only 5 of the required hours may include work done at Brother Rice.

They work in their parishes, health care facilities, or approved charitable organizations.  Students may complete five of the hours at Brother Rice working for the school community.  Fulfilling the Third Essential Element of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education, ‘Standing in Solidarity with those Marginalized by Poverty and Injustice’ many of our students complete their service individually or as part of a group in the following ways:

Ongoing Service Projects in the Metro Detroit Area:

  • Lighthouse Thanksgiving Project; each year students assist in the packing of food baskets for Thanksgiving for the needy of Oakland County.
  • Lighthouse Christmas Project; assisting with the distribution of Christmas gifts.
  • Focus Hope, South Oakland Shelter, Meals on Wheels or similar projects.
  • Maybury Elementary School in Detroit working with Bridgepoint’s Christmas Party.
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit Lighthouse in Pontiac.
  • Canned food drives to benefit Open Hands Food Pantry in Royal Oak.
  • Christmas Toy Drive for the Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.
  • Annual “Souper Bowl” Dinner w/Marian, raising money for St. Leo’s and the Capuchin Soup Kitchens.
  • Working at local hospitals or health care centers.
  • Walks and fundraisers for charity.

Students should check with their theology teachers to make sure their service will be acceptable before starting long term projects.  Students must turn in a signed Service Verification form, available in the Theology classrooms, The Campus Ministry Office or by downloading it here.

Any questions about service work should be directed to the Campus Ministry Office, at 248-833-2271 by contacting Mr. Thane Hall.


“One thing you may be sure of, that while you work for God, whether you succeed or not, He will amply reward you.”

-Edmund Rice