Virtues in Practice

The Year of Hope
Trusting in God’s loving plan

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 Hope starts on page 23 of the Parent Guide.

During October, we are studying the virtue of Studiousness or…“seeking knowledge to grow closer to the Truth”

The students are studying these saints this month:

St. Albert the Great, grades PK-2
St. Thomas Aquinas, grades 3-5
St. Edith Stein, grades 6-8

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

May – Diligence
April – Obedience
March – Temperance
February  – Cheerfulness
January – Fidelity
December – Patience
November – Humility
October – Studiousness
September – Hope