Alleluia - "In my Father's house are many rooms: there are many dwelling places." John 14:2
In a world that is growing increasingly secular, Holy Child Academy remains true to its mission to help children foster the power - or sight if you will - to discover God in their lives and the lives of others. That is a bold prospect, we know, and a deeply humbling undertaking, but essentially we believe, as the Christian teacher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin proclaimed, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience."
Cornelia Connelly, the foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and the first Holy Child school, was a convert to Catholicism and like many converts, explored the depths of her new faith and mined the gems. She was thought of as somewhat of a rebel among the Church authorities in her day and clashed with the local bishop when he tried on occasion to impose his will and change some of the practices and curriculum in the first Holy Child schools. Cornelia, with respect for the leadership of the Church, believed that the Holy Child schools should be independent thus all are governed by a Board of Trustees and administrative team of educators, not the clergy.
We mention this because it has never been so that not all Catholic schools are the same. Our Holy Child school is a school of joy and emphasizes that learning about God can increase one's joy all life long!
As a Christian school in the Catholic tradition, we rely on the deep pools of wisdom and practices of our faith. We acknowledge, of course, that wisdom and truth abides in other faiths as well and we teach our students to develop respect and appreciation for these faiths. (See Newsday article.)
Many parents when visiting for the first time ask, "What kind of Catholic school are you?" That brings us back to the quote that starts off this topic. We explain:
We follow the Christian calendar and celebrate these holidays. Our students who are Catholic receive instruction in the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. All children receive religious instruction and guidance throughout all grades, all year long.
Our students are guided to explore their faith, learn how to pray meaningfully, become leaders of the good in our world as Christ instructed, and to do it in a joyful spirit.
We are Jesuit in our intellectual approach, Marianists in our prayer life and Benedictine in our approach to life. We believe in the power of prayer and the need for it in our lives.
That's the kind of Catholic school we are.
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