Roger Bacon High School
St. Clare Society
The purpose of the St. Clare Society is to assist in the enrichment of students through the pursuit of unique educational, cultural, and faith-based opportunities by removing all financial barriers that might otherwise restrict student access. This includes opportunities that may arise individually for Roger Bacon students, as well as more structured class trips, such as a visit to historic Gettysburg or a biology trip to Yosemite National Park, for example. Again, this trip will be all-expenses paid, eliminating barriers students may face in accessing these important educational opportunities.
Students selected for these opportunities perform well academically, have demonstrated involvement in the school community, and have demonstrated a commitment to the Franciscan values upon which the school was founded.
Once opportunities are planned and developed, students will be notified and the application will be posted online for students interested in applying.
History and background
The name St. Clare Society was selected for these educational opportunities to honor the example of Saint Clare of Assisi and her nuns. Devoted disciples of St. Francis, these holy and courageous women embraced a monastic life of poverty, chastity and obedience with prayer as the primary focus of “Poor Christ” and the Franciscan charism. Like St. Clare, our Roger Bacon Community values personal sacrifice, holiness, and service to the poor. Many of these trips will expose our students to various aspects of society, nature, science, and history in the hope that our students will see ways to enjoy, serve, and improve our society.
Iyahna Campbell ’23
Iyahna Campbell, currently a senior at Roger Bacon, had a unique opportunity last summer to spend a week on the University of Miami campus to pursue her academic enrichment, but needed financial support to make it happen. The St. Clare Society was also able to support his efforts and ensure that Iyahna was able to take advantage of this opportunity.
Ethan had the opportunity last summer to make a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, Italy, as well as to the Holy Land of Israel as part of a new mission he founded in Batesville, IN shortly. after graduating from Roger Bacon. Rather than fundraising to raise the $7,500 needed for the trip, Ethan found the support of the new St. Clare Society in Roger Bacon, who saw great value in the spiritual endeavor Ethan was undertaking and sponsored the pilgrimage.