Faith & Service

3 students carry cross and elements outside, student body faces altar in matching maroon shirts with shields and cross on the

At De Smet Jesuit we offer instruction and guidance rooted in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition and provide opportunities for young men to explore their faith in ways that are personally impactful.

At the Chapel With Jack

Mass, Ministry & Prayer


De Smet Jesuit students mature spiritually, develop in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and experience God’s love in everyday life.

Mass Schedule

Student carrying lumber at a construction site.

Men For Others


Our service program is a critical component of our students' formation as faith-filled servant leaders. They complete projects with their entire class and individually. 

Service Programs

Calendar for Ministry & Service

3-Minute Theology Series



These past few weeks we’ve been talking about the importance of the Mass, how the tradition of what we do and say as well as the sacrifice of the altar dates back 2000 years to Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. 

But how can we actively participate in the Mass to have a more fruitful experience, whether or not we are Catholic?  This week we hear from members of our De Smet Jesuit community about specific ways they engage their time at Mass so that they can grow spiritually and leave ready to love and serve the Lord.  Watch the entire video here to reflect on how you might better participate the next time you attend Mass. 


  • President
Fr. Ronny O'Dwyer, S.J.

De Smet continues to be a place where our prayer, work, and study helps to bring about Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom. I envision De Smet as a training ground for a new generation of saints.

  • Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Class of 1989
Dr. Pete Musso

De Smet Jesuit High School allows us to learn about and practice our faith in community, whereby we come to know the person of Jesus Christ more authentically and come to no other conclusion than that we are loved unconditionally by God.

  • Business Teacher
Jim Saali

I encourage my students to realize and then share their God-given talents with everyone they encounter.

  • Learning Consultant
Linda Doherty

Our Catholic high school allows time for students to reflect and pray throughout the day. The time for prayer is important as these young men are developing coping skills and testing their own moral compasses.

  • Theology Teacher
Howie Place

I am hopeful we can continue being a tangible encounter of God for students of all walks of life, wherever they are on their faith journeys. I am proud of our inclusive witness to the presence of God around and among us all.

Campus Ministry

Jim Burshek

Jim Burshek

Titles: Director of Mission/Teacher, Campus Ministry
Phone Numbers:
School: (314) 785-1446
Kelsey Grimm

Kelsey Grimm

Titles: Director of Campus Ministry
Phone Numbers:
School: (314) 785-1444
Howie Place

Howie Place

Titles: Retreat Coordinator/Teacher/Ultimate Frisbee Coach
Phone Numbers:
School: (314) 785-1408
Henry Samson

Henry Samson

Titles: Teacher, Department Chair, Liturgy Coordinator
Phone Numbers:
School: (314) 785-1447