Ignatian Service Program

The ideal standard for Ignatian service at Canisius is when the student exceeds the minimum requirements, challenging himself and developing lifelong habits of service that focus on people who are marginalized. Additionally, the student volunteers in face-to-face service projects and develops relationships with local, national, and international non-profits.

Requirements for Ignatian service during the 2018-19 school year:

Class Year

Minimum Requirements


(Class of 2022)

  • Ten (10) hours of service at a non-profit dedicated to helping the marginalized in society.
  • All hours are due by 1/7/19.


(Class of 2021)

  • Twenty (20) hours of service at a non-profit dedicated to helping the marginalized in society, due 1/7/19


(Class of 2020)

  • Thirty (30) hours of service during Spring/Summer/Fall 2018, due 12/5/18
  • Proposal for Summer 2019 service placement due in spring 2019
  • Companions trips during second semester are too late to meet Junior requirement.


(Class of 2019)

  • Forty (40) hours of service at single site during Spring/Summer of 2018* Must be a site with direct interaction with marginalized individuals.
  • Hours verified by 8/10/18**
  • Completion of Grad-at-Grad Project (approx. 20-minute presentation) is a requirement for the fourth marking period.

*Participation in the Companions program during junior year satisfies this requirement.

**Students remain ineligible until hours are verified

All reflections will occur during the second semester in religion class. Students will receive a grade which will go toward the assessment for the marking period. Further details will be given by the Religious Studies instructor.

Each upperclassman is expected to assist in the Canisius community at least once during the year. These events might include: Parent Night, Open House, grammar school basketball tournament, food drive, GAMBIT, seventh grade practice exam, ushering at plays, assisting admission office, or any other event which benefits the mission of Canisius.

Students are strongly encouraged to volunteer during the summer at one of the sites suggested by the school. A list of sites can be found here.

PARENTS: Please encourage your son to take initiative to plan his service projects within the school guidelines for authentic Ignatian service. Canisius students serve the young, poor, homeless, disabled, elderly, chronically ill and dying in our community as well as around the world. Ignatian service is NOT helping a relative with chores or working for sports camps or country clubs. While these types of work may be valid sources of help, they do not meet the criteria of Ignatian service.

If you have questions, please email Mr. Ron Ahrens at ahrens@canisiushigh.org or call (716) 200-0269.