The Spiritual Life Program
Eighteen years ago,the staff and Board of Directors at Ozanam recognized
a growing need to address the spiritual needs of the boys and families
that Ozanam supports. Realizing that fewer and fewer boys come to
Ozanam with any religious training or background, a non-denominational
spiritual life program was created to help residents explore their
Throughout the years, the spiritual life program offers many opportunities
for boys to become involved. One important aspect of this program
has always been a part-time chaplain whose primary concern is to
talk with the boys and to help them in their pursuit of a spiritual
life. The chaplain looks for opportunities for the boys to serve
the community, to expose them to different ideas, and to help guide
boys in exercising their beliefs in a church or denomination of
The family of Thelma Cooke (an Ozanam founding member)
provided a gift that helped create the Ozanam Chapel. Chuck Peters,
architect and Ozanam alum designed the Cooke Spiritual Life Center.
Opportunities for involvement that
the Spiritual Life Program offers the boys include:
- Bible Studies -
groups led by the chaplain to study scriptures and to have an
opportunity to ask questions and seek answers.
- Good Works Program - a program that encourages
boys to give back to the community by serving at nursing homes,
day cares and other community projects.
- FCA Summer Camps - each summer 10-12 boys
are sent to Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps in Colorado
- Hanging of the Greens - an opportunity
for each resident at Ozanam to hang a silver ball in memory or
in honor of someone special in his life.
- Weekly Youth Groups - on-campus and off-campus
- Boy's Choir - an opportunity for the boys
to perform as a group at various events.
- FCA Huddle - a weekly gathering of boys
through the Fellowship of Christian athletes.
Goals of the Ozanam Spiritual Life Program
- To assist a boy in his awareness of his personal
spirituality and to increase his knowledge of the scriptures.
- To assist a boy in developing and expanding his
personal beliefs and exercising them in a church or denomination
of his choosing.
- To assist a boy in his relationships wiht others
and in developing his social skills.
- To give the boys a means to serve the community,
through the "Good Works Program", in a manner similar
to the way that they receive support at Ozanam
- To provide spiritual guidance and support to
boys, staff and their families when needed. (weddings, memorials
services, bar Mitzvahs, etc.)
Ways For You to Get Involved
- Donate to the Spiritual Life campaign that will
help secure a chaplain
- Take part in the Friend to a Boy mentoring program
- Sponsor a boy's trip to summer camp
- Invite an Ozanam representative to come and
speak at your church, Sunday School class, or adult bible class