The Catholic identity of Mount Royal Academy influences every facet of our mission. We focus on keeping first things first. Each day begins with catechetical instruction as the first topic during assembly and homeroom. Prayer is interwoven throughout the school day. In fact, students pray at the beginning of the school day with the morning offering, then we pray the Angelus prayer before lunch, and each day concludes with the recitation of the St. Michael prayer.
There are three main components of Campus Ministry at Mount Royal Academy:
- Liturgical life and prayer
The liturgical and prayer life at MRA include the following:
- Weekly Mass
- Weekly recitation of the Holy Rosary
- First Friday Adoration, where students and parents adore the Eucharistic presence of Christ in the chapel
- The midday Angelus before lunch
- Daily meditations are shared with students during Advent and Lent
- High school and junior high school students listen to either the daily Gospel reading or a spiritual meditation during homeroom.
Students in the elementary school are continually called to serve one another in the classroom, while at the same time contributing to other service projects for the sake of the entire school. Students in the high school are expected to complete a minimum number of service hours per year, and they also compile a service portfolio as part of their theology credits. Ongoing off campus service projects include:
- Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence, MA
- The Listen Community Service Center of the Upper Valley
- The Newport Senior Center
- Upper Valley Pregnancy Care Center
- Summercrest Senior Living Community and other senior citizen homes in the surrounding area.
The entire school also participates each year in multiple fundraising, canned goods and clothing drives such as the Rice Bowl campaign, and the East Africa Charitable Projects Fund, a locally based non-profit that performs pro-life ministry in Africa, as well as many others.
Retreats are crucially important for faith formation. High school students experience at least one retreat a year. Core Team Members in Campus Ministry take a leadership role by either organizing and implementing student-led retreats, or helping support retreat leaders that are brought in from outside the school community. Past retreats have included Net Ministries, Martin Doman, Christopher West, and NH Youthfest.