Student Life

Faith

Faith Journey

Dowling Catholic High School is a community of faith where learning, leadership, and sportsmanship are Christ-centered. The mission at Dowling Catholic is to inspire a love of learning and a respect for fellow human beings in an environment that fosters excellence in academics and spiritual development. The culture at Dowling Catholic is one of caring and support which embraces diversity and students of all faiths.

Service Hours

The goal of Dowling Catholic High School’s Christian Service Hour program is to ensure that students are seeking to serve the community, the world at large, and to see Christ in all people. To find out more about service hours and the graduation requirement, click here.
Below is a list of the faith-based service clubs and activities Dowling Catholic has to offer. To learn more about each club, the requirements and moderator download the DCHS Activities Handbook.

Retreats

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  • Freshman Retreat

    All freshmen attend a day-long retreat in the fall led by nationally renowned Catholic speakers, DCHS faculty and a group of DCHS seniors. The retreat focuses on helping students integrate their relationship with Jesus into every aspect of their high school lives.  The retreat is called “Get Your Heart in the Game” and is part of our Freshman Month of Welcome.
  • Metanoia

    Metanoia (a Greek word meaning "change of heart") is a retreat for Dowling Catholic freshmen led by a team of seniors and held at St. Thomas More Center in Panora, IA. The retreat runs from Sunday noon until Monday afternoon. The retreat follows the thematic development of "Change Your Mind--Change Your Heart--Change Your Actions.” Students will listen to talks, participate in small group discussions and activities, engage in prayer/reflection activities, and celebrate Mass together. The experience is intended to give students a chance to get away from the hectic pace of life, reflect on their faith, get to know many new classmates, and grow in faith and friendship. Please contact Mrs. Sheaff with questions.
     
    Dates:
    January 27 - 28, 2019
    March 31 - April 1, 2019
  • Quest

    Quest is a 24-hour retreat opportunity for sophomores. The retreat takes place at the St. Thomas More Center in Panora, IA, and runs from Sunday noon through Monday afternoon. The focus of this encounter with Jesus is on the question Jesus poses, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16).  Witness talks and discussions surround the questions, “Who am I” and “Do I let Jesus form who I am?”. The Quest team consists of Dowling Catholic seniors and faculty and includes personal reflection time and small group sharing. Please contact Mrs. Sheaff with questions.

    Dates:
    February 10-11, 2019
    April 14-15, 2019
  • Kairos

    Kairos is a four-day retreat available to juniors. Kairos, which means “the Lord’s time,” not only gives students an opportunity to explore their own hearts but also draws them closer to God and each other in an intensely powerful way. This retreat significantly impacts students and strengthens their ideals and values as Christian leaders. Kairos retreats are held at the Creighton Retreat Center located near Griswold, IA, and are led by a team of Dowling Catholic students and faculty. Please contact Mrs. Sheaff with questions.

    Kairos Retreat Application

    Dates: 
    October 11-14, 2018
    November 29-Dec 2, 2018
    January 24-27, 2019
    February 21-24, 2019
    March 28-31, 2019
    April 11-14, 2019
    May 2-5, 2019
  • Radix

    "Radix: Grow a radical faith"

    RADIX, a retreat available to seniors, is the Latin word for "rooted” and is also the base of the word "radical.” We will explore the changing lives of second-semester seniors and their relationships with parents, siblings, friends, enemies and God. We will also explore our faith roots, including what nourishes the roots and how they help us withstand the storms. We will also discuss Jesus as a radical man - meaning rooted in scripture, prayer, family and tradition. His roots allowed him to withstand temptation while challenging the culture AND drawing people to himself. This is who we aspire to become. Radix does NOT require any previous retreat experience.

    This retreat is sponsored by the Diocese of Des Moines and combines Dowling Catholic students with students from across southwest Iowa. Radix begins on Friday evening and ends on Sunday evening. Cost is $175 and registration is available online. Financial assistance is available from the Diocese.


    Dates:
    March 1 - 3, 2019
    March 8 - 10, 2019
    April 5 - 7, 2019
  • Senior Day of Reflection

    Every spring the seniors experience a day of reflection during which they look back on their time at Dowling Catholic. They focus on the highs and lows, what they are to take with them and leave behind, those they need to thank and those with whom they need to make amends. The day includes brunch and the senior video.

Spiritual Activities

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  • Adoration

    Mondays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel
  • Daily Mass in St. Joseph Chapel

    Wednesday/Friday 3:10pm.
    Tuesday/Thursday during seminar
  • Handmaids of the Lord

    A club where young women can grow together in community and faith as they learn to imitate Mary, the Mother of God, in the virtues of humility, joy, charity, simplicity, obedience and purity.
  • Legion of Our Lady

    A men’s group focused on prayer, fraternity, and growth in the spiritual life. The group is committed to personal conversion, authentic manhood, and serving God and the Dowling Catholic community.
  • Morning Prayer

    20 minutes before school starts in the St. Joseph Chapel
  • Reconciliation

    Reconciliation is available during Seminar with Fr. Acrea in his office in the narthex or by appointment with Fr. Kautzky in his office in Student Services.
  • Revive

    A night of witness, praise, and Eucharistic adoration. Held periodically on Sunday evenings from 7-8:30 pm. See the Maroon Minute for this semester’s speaker schedule and specific dates.
  • Students For Life

    An organization promoting the Catholic Church’s teaching on the consistent ethic of respecting all human life from conception to natural death.
  • Ut Fidem

    Ut Fidem, Latin for “Keep the Faith,” strives to develop Dowling Catholic High School students into intentional disciples who will keep the faith for the rest of their lives. Ut Fidem does this by supporting students in forming deep, personal relationships with Christ through small group ministry and faith mentoring.
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Dowling Catholic High School

Dowling Catholic High School is committed to serving the Greater Des Moines Catholic community and embracing learners of all faiths. In an environment that is faithful, caring and dedicated, Dowling Catholic forms each student to become a Christ-centered leader.