Servio Deo


Servio Deo 2017 will take place on June 4-9 at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, MS and is open to all rising 7th graders through recent high school graduates (class of 2017).

College students can apply for our volunteer work-crew here.

Fundraising Alert: first fundraisers are fast approaching!
Remaining Fundraisers:
High Schoolers: Pumpkin Sale – October 1 &2, Mardi Gras – February 25, Pancake Breakfast – April 23
Middle Schoolers: Fall Trivia Night – October 22, Poinsettia Sale – Dec 3&4, Spring Trivia Night – April 1

What is Servio Deo?

Servio Deo

The term Servio Deo translates to I serve God.  Since 2012 7th-12th graders (and recent graduates) from Holy Family have traveled together to Bay St. Louis, MS to serve a community that still feels the effects of 2005 Hurricane Katrina.  For a week, these students work at local homes on maintenance, clean up, or rebuilding projects; at food pantries, shelters, and daycares.

Our host location, St. Stanislaus, is located on the gulf, allowing students to enjoy the beach during free time before dinner.  Each morning we start our day with Mass, and each evening we come together for a few hours to hear a professional speaker, to worship as led by Catholic musicians, and then participate in varying organized activities such as dance party, capture the flag, Adoration, and other special prayer opportunities.

Our host school has its own private pier. Each day the students have the opportunity to spend time on the beach after working hard all day.

Still not convinced? Click here for a day-o at Servio Deo, or scroll down for previous years’ summary videos.

What are the accommodations?
We stay in dorm-style housing at St. Stanislaus, an all boy boarding school on the Gulf.  Each room houses 3 students and comes with its own full bathroom.  The dorms are multiple stories, so we conveniently separate guys & gals, as well as LifeTeen & Jr Youth for the night time.  We also have our very own “night ninja,” or some prefer “night time security” who checks in to make sure folks don’t leave their rooms or wander around campus.

SD13 group photo
2013 participants, chaperones, and staff gather one last time in their matching t-shirts before returning to Brentwood.

Who can attend?

Students entering the 7th grade through this year’s graduating class can attend Servio Deo.  Participants range from all sorts of involvement in LifeTeen & Jr Youth.  For some, Servio Deo is the first experience one might have with LifeTeen/Jr Youth, for others, it is the highlight of their involvement in Servio Deo. In 2015, we actually had several students who graduated having attended every Servio Deo since its’ inception in 2012.

Steve B.
Chaperone & Parent, Stephen Bonnell, breaks it down during the adult dance competition.

Additionally, we rely on parent and young adult (21+) chaperones to help lead our work groups and serve as examples throughout the week.

Werk Crew
2015’s Work Crew leads students in a neon dance party after Tuesday night program.

Finally, we’re led each year by a volunteer “work crew” of College aged students, often former Servio Deo participants, throughout the week.  These volunteers help prepare in the weeks leading up to Servio Deo, and work tirelessly throughout the week to make sure everything runs smoothly for our chaperones and participants.

Wait, how much does this cost?
Preface: you can work off a lot of the cost by working our awesome fundraisers: for Jr Youth that includes Fall Trivia Night, Poinsettia Sale, and Spring Trivia Night.  LifeTeen can reduce their cost by working October Pumpkin Sale, and Spring Pancake Breakfast & Mardi Gras.
Both Jr Youth and LifeTeen can sell $100 worth of stock certificates, donations which call for the participant to write a post card from Servio Deo, in order to lower their Servio Deo cost.

2017 COST:

If registered by Jan 31:
$500 total || $250 nonrefundable deposit| $250 balance

If registered by Apr 15 :
$525 total || $275 nonrefundable deposit | $250 balance

Chaperone || $250 due by April 15

I’m in, where do I sign up?!

Sign up online here – make sure to complete ALL THREE steps.


Servio Deo 2016: “Misericordia” from Jayce Boynton on Vimeo.


Servio Deo 2012 from Jayce Boynton on Vimeo.

Servio Deo 2014: “Unceasing” from Jayce Boynton on Vimeo.

Servio Deo 2015: Couragio; “Love like you’re not scared” from Jayce Boynton on Vimeo.


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