Virtues in Practice

The Year of Faith
Believing in God and all He has revealed

One of the great gifts of educating in a Catholic school is the virtue formation that occurs on a daily basis. St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School has been a part of this emphasis through the implementation of the Virtues in Practice program. Developed by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, this program offers a three-year cycle of virtues based on the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. Each month, students from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade are introduced to a new virtue as well as a fitting saint that exemplified that virtue. Our principal, Sister Kateri Rose, introduces that virtue to the whole school at the beginning of each month in an all-school assembly. Monthly virtue home projects are assigned throughout the grades so that this virtue can not only be a definition that is taught but a habit that is formed.

The students use Virtue in Practice booklets in the classroom to study each virtue through the designated saint during the month. The Parent Guide* was sent home at the beginning of the school year and contains the home projects. All these booklets are available to view by clicking on the images to the left.

*Please note, the Year of Faith starts on page 11 of the Parent Guide.

During May, we are studying the virtue of Zeal or…“being driven by an intense love for God (or “loving God so much it gives you energy”).”

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Cor. 9:6-7

The students are studying these saints this month:

St Paul the Apostle, grades PK-2
St Paul the Apostle, grades PK-2
St. Francis Xavier, grades 6-8
St. Dominic de Guzman, grades 3-5

You may click below to view Sister Kateri Rose’s monthly Power Point presentations to the students: