Faith Formation

Consistent with our gospel values, NDP’s mission is to strengthen students in mind, body and spirit. In addition to the spiritual formation that NDP’s theology curriculum provides, students are provided with additional opportunities to build their faith and understanding of their life’s mission.

All classes and student activities begin with prayer. In addition, students, faculty and staff, pause to pray a daily spiritual exercise developed by St. Ignatius Loyola called the Examen. Making time for prayer each day brings the NDP community into a more full, conscious relationship with God.

Parents are the primary religious educators and nurturers of their children’s spirituality. A practicing religious home is the best preparation for young people to become caring, responsible citizens of our world. NDP partners with parents by offering students the following opportunities and experiences.

Daily Prayer
Prayer is conducted daily before school, at the beginning of each period, after lunch through the Daily Examen and at the end of the school day. 

Celebration of Mass
Mass is celebrated at 7:10 a.m. daily in the chapel on campus and an all-school Mass is celebrated in the gym approximately once a month. All members of the NDP community are welcome to join in these celebrations. Our students vibrantly participate in Mass by reading sacred scripture, singing in the choir, altar serving or serving as extraordinary ministers of the Blessed Sacrament.

Students, faculty, and staff members are encouraged to utilize this valuable grace opportunity. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available any day by appointment or during our Advent and Lenten Reconciliation days.

First Friday Adoration
Each first Friday of the month, Adoration of the Eucharist will begin after the 7:05 a.m. morning Mass. Adoration concludes with Benediction at 3:15 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and family members are welcome.

We offer a variety of retreats for each grade level, Retreats are important because they provide an opportunity for students and chaperones to "unplug" from pressure, social media and the day-to-day busyness of life. For underclassmen we offer one retreat per year. For juniors and seniors we offer Kairos retreats several time per year to insure the majority of students have an opportunity for this life-changing experience to get to know our Lord Jesus Christ and our fellow brothers and sisters. It is our goal that students leave NDP with a firm understanding of our loving God and deeper relationship with His Son.

Beside the Christian service each student completes individually, there are a number of opportunities that our school community to serve those in need. Collections of food, clothes, and money are held regularly throughout the year and ensure that the NDP community continues to be recognized as one of loving service.

It is our sincere desire that each member of our community accepts the challenge to strive for holiness and to become a Saint.


Fr. Kurt Perera
Campus Chaplain

Sr. Yolanda Mendoza
Campus Minister

Shelley Dinges
Christian Service Learning Coordinator

Mary Lou Lachvayder
Director of House System
Theology Dept. Chair

Brenda Beers
Director of Student Activities

Jackie Moucheron
Assistant to Center of Mission and Ministry