St. Thomas More Campus Ministry is focused on putting our Catholic faith into action by not only serving our school, but also the Lafayette community. Our campus ministers are actively giving back to the Lafayette community in many ways. During service training, each campus minister serves at St. Joseph's Diner during the summer and continues to serve the diner in various ways throughout the school year. In addition to our continuous service projects, Campus Ministry takes on several large service events a year. Every Spring, the Junior class puts on a festival called HopeFest that raises funds for a charity of their choice and the St. Thomas More Options program.
As part of a school-wide service project, STM students participated in a canned good drive, to help stock the pantry at St. Joseph Diner. Each homeroom class built structures out of cans, also known as CANstruction. This year's theme Acadiana: Home Sweet Home showcased structures of Acadiana landmarks. Representatives from Catholic Charities served as the judges for the classroom competition.
Canstruction Coordinator, Mrs. Shannon Phillips said, "Through the great generosity of our students, faculty and staff, we exceeded our goal 20,000 cans. Our donation each year is the single largest St. Joseph Diner receives and is enough food to get to the holidays".
With the help of our football team, Coach Strother, Mr. Littell and Mrs. Phillips, all 20,0000 cans were transported from STM to the St. Jospeh Diner.
The following classroom were announced as winners:
Best Overall - Mrs. Megan Broussard (Festival International)
Most Creative - Mr. Aaron Breaux (Gordon McKernan billboard)
Most Cans in a Structure - Dr. Claire Masterson (1,776)
Best Use of Space - Mrs. Cherie Daigle (Olde Tyme)
Best Use of Labels - Ms. Jennifer Sibille (Crawfish Boil)
Best Use of Special Effects - Coach Broc Prejean (Hurricane)
Best Theatrical Perfomance - Mr. Dan Duhon (Cypress Tree)
Most Cans Collected Per Student- Mrs. Romana Hebert (64 cans per student)
Campus Ministry Director, Lance Strother states, "Habitat for Humanity provides an excellent match for our students, allowing them to give hands-on service to our community and to have a firsthand look at its needs." Coach Strother adds, "our students truly appreciated the opportunity with Habitat and found it to be a very full and rewarding day. We look forward to continued service with Habitat for Humanity with site builds here at STM and many construction builds around Lafayette."
As part of a school-wide service project, St. Thomas More Catholic High School donates new toys to Toys for Tots of Acadiana every year. The effort is organized through our social studies department .
Local volunteer John Woods, states, “St. Thomas More is one of the largest contributors to the Marine Corps efforts for Toys for Tots of Acadiana. We are very grateful for the generous donations we receive each year."