Providence Catholic’s AYM makes a difference


Providence Catholic High School’s Augustinian Youth Ministry (AYM) has been making a behind-the-scenes impact in the local community for many years. AYM is the largest service-based organization at the school, with approximately 250 student members.

Every year, AYM conducts two blood drives in conjunction with Heartland Blood Centers which serves 12 counties, including Will and Cook counties. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and Providence Catholic parents have donated hundreds of pints of blood through these drives.

The organization also sponsors food drives for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter each year. The food that is collected is distributed to local parishes and food pantries.

In addition, AYM conducts a toy drive at Christmas in cooperation with the Mark Staehely Toy Drive, which benefits children at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

The foundation of AYM lies in the core Augustinian values of “veritas” (truth), “unitas” (unity) and “caritas” (love). Faculty and staff members help and encourage the students to internalize these values and make them their own through prayer, service to the Providence Catholic community and service to their local communities.

Ms. Molly Duffy, a PCHS math teacher and 2004 alumna of the school, has been the faculty moderator of AYM since 2008. In this role, she says she is continually amazed at the generosity that people exhibit when others are in need. For Duffy, this is the most humbling and rewarding part of the job.

Providence is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory Augustinian high school in New Lenox. For more information about PCHS, visit

— Provided by Providence Catholic High School