DeSales High School places a strong emphasis on the faith-component
of its education, presenting a wide array of opportunities for spiritual growth.
For its work, the school has been recognized by the Archdiocese of Louisville with the
Thomas Duerr Award for excellence in catechesis.
The following programs enhance the spiritual development
of the young men at St. Francis DeSales High School:
A program of retreats is provided for all students at DeSales. Freshmen and sophomore "Days of Renewal" are mandatory for all students, while the junior and senior retreats are optional.
St. Francis DeSales High School celebrates Mass throughout the year. The liturgies are listed on the
Joseph of Arimathea Society
This program was created to help provide a greater sense of dignity and reverence to the funerals of the poor and indigent. The Society is supported by the Jefferson County Coroner's office and takes place at the River Valley Cemetery. Students serve as pallbearers and assist in a prayer service.
The Abstinence Program is sponsored by the Pregnancy Resource Center. This co-curricular program instructs students about the purpose of marriage and the Christian call to sexual abstinence before marriage. Four class periods are used in religion class, while two classes are used for the program during the upperclassmen religion classes.
Dinner with the Archbishop
This gathering of young adults from around the diocese offers us an opportunity to celebrate our individual vocations and to pose the question, “How is God calling me?” The dinner is usually held during the fall semester, and students are sent to represent St. Francis DeSales High School.
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Pro-Life Rose Mass commemorates the lives of the millions of unborn children killed by abortion and is dedicated to praying for the practice of abortion to end. The Rose Mass is held at St. Martin of Tours Church in January. Two students are sent to represent DeSales High School.
Catholic Schools Week
Each school is responsible for creating activities that encourage students to celebrate their identity as Catholics.