Cornerstones

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“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”

From St. Pope John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio

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As we come to know Truth in the person of Jesus Christ, we are drawn to the One who is Love itself.  It is that Love that propels us outward in service, but first, it is that love that brings us before the Lord as His Beloved. It is in the intimacy of that encounter that our spiritual lives truly begin.

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At St. Catherine of Siena Academy, the spiritual life of each student is directed toward bringing her into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, as a daughter of God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.

As the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith, daily Mass is an integral part of our day.  All students are given the opportunity and training to be an integral part of the Mass as lectors and servers.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on a regular basis and by appointment.

Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, Morning Prayer as a school, and availability of spiritual direction are all daily opportunities to encounter Christ at St. Catherine.

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St. Catherine of Siena Academy challenges students with a traditional college-preparatory program that incorporates faith and reason.  We also require Latin and Philosophy as the complementary roots for language and rational thought.  Our curriculum offers many opportunities for STARS to take Advanced Placement courses too!

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By offering a wide range of classes, we educate students where they are, always challenging them in areas of weakness and building in areas of strength.  A student is placed in courses commensurate with her abilities and will work with her teachers to reach her greatest potential.

We want our students to use the academic gifts God has given them and encourage them to reach new heights by giving them the tools to do so.

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We believe in the dignity of every young woman and honor the gifts God has given by providing opportunities for her to use those gifts, personally or civically.

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Leadership is the ability to give of oneself and better the world from a desire to serve as Christian disciples.  At St. Catherine’s we cultivate this desire by giving each student a voice and an opportunity to use their gifts. To do so, we encourage every young woman to listen to the voice within as it reveals the stirrings of her own heart so she can take a leap of faith and use her gifts to grow and respond to the world around her.

Student clubs and activities are created by students who want to enrich themselves and mature in the use of their gifts.  We nurture this growth by helping students find new ways to share of themselves and their talents, whether it is of the mind, the heart or the body.  God gives us many gifts, and He meant for us to share them! For this reason, we have a variety of extra-curricular activities and avenues for students to share of themselves.

Similarly, we structure service opportunities and experiential learning so students can further develop their gifts by giving of themselves to the broader community.

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If there’s one thing our STARS love, it’s sharing the sisterhood. As our students will readily attest, SCA is a place where young women are free to be themselves, to grow, to thrive, and to put down deep roots that prepare them for a brilliant future. But St. Catherine’s isn’t just a place; it’s a community.

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At St. Catherine, our students form life-long friendships. Students come to St. Catherine of Siena Academy from over 30 feeder schools and are immediately welcomed into the sisterhood. Students have many opportunities to become active members of this family community. They grow together in faith, mind, and heart, sharing in the joys and struggles of high school as they prepare for graduation and the world which awaits.

We have a Big Sister/Little Sister program at St. Catherine Academy.  The young women of St. Catherine work to break down cliques and accept their peers as sisters, recognizing that we are one family, growing together in faith.

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