Philosophy and Statements of Belief

Diocese of Youngstown, Office of Catholic Schools

We believe that each Catholic school, as part of a larger believing community, has the mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through excellence in educational programs and service to the Catholic community in particular and in society in general. The foundation of Catholic belief and practice is taught while developing a sense of community, an atmosphere for worship, and a concern for social justice. These themes permeate all aspects of the school organization and curriculum which meet the religious, academic, personal, and social needs of children.

Strong Catholic schools are a ministry of the Catholic Church and strengthen all other programs of evangelization, service, catechesis, and sanctification.

Catholic schools are to be communities of faith in which the Christian message, the experience of community, worship, and concern for social justice are proclaimed, practiced, and integrated into the total experience of students, their parents, and members of the faculty.

The Church calls parents, as the first educators of their children in knowledge and faith, to partnership in the mission of Catholic education by taking responsibility for their own life-long learning and supporting the educational opportunities offered for their children.

The educational mission of the Catholic Church finds it center in the life and the teachings of Jesus, who reveals God’s design for all creation.

Catholic schools are committed to integrating Catholic faith and culture as they help students develop into mature Christian persons whose lives are modeled on Christ and His Gospel, enabling students to hear, live, and proclaim the good news of the Gospel.

Catholic education sees all knowledge as sacred when human insight is combined with divine revelation in the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty.

Catholic schools aspire to excellence in all educational programs in order to meet the needs of the whole child.

Catholic education involves the active participation of the learner in studying and interpreting human experience in the light of faith, so as to advance God’s glory and dignity of all people.

Catholic education encourages service learning with service projects that are acts of kindness and charity as well as education for global awareness and justice issues.

The Catholic educator - teacher, administrator, pastor- is preeminent in creating the unique climate in which a Catholic philosophy and purpose can be realized.

The entire Catholic community, especially the parish family, shares responsibility for providing the learning environment, the resources, the leadership and the community of faith that supports the educational mission of the Church.

Catholic schools admit students because we are Catholic. Non-Catholic families who desire an educational experience founded on the Catholic philosophy of education are welcome in the school community.