Virtues in Practice
The Year of Charity
Loving God with all your heart, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself
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 Charity starts on page 35 of the Parent Guide.
The Virtues in Practice program was developed by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation. Please visit their website for more information on the program and the congregation.
During April, we are studying the virtue of Forgiveness or…“pardoning those who offend you”
The students are studying these saints this month:
You may click below to view Sister Kateri Rose’s monthly Power Point presentations to the students:
April – Forgiveness
March – Respect
February – Prudence
January – Fortitude
December – Purity
November – Courtesy
October – Friendship
September – Charity