As a Catholic, Marianist school, we form our students in the gospel values of Jesus Christ (love, compassion, service, justice, dignity, courage, faith, empathy). With these values, we value the gift of human life and seek to understand our responsibility to protect the dignity of all people from conception to natural death by building a culture of life, justice and peace.
During the month of October, we join our local Church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to celebrate Respect Life. The entire school community focuses on the seven Catholic Social Teaching themes in various activities, prayers and celebration of Mass:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creation
These seven themes are also incorporated into the academic curriculum because the Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and promoting life and dignity amidst the challenges of modern society. This allows students to consider the various arenas that encompass life in society, including the political, economic, social and cultural. It names the challenges confronting persons and societies today while highlighting the benefits and dangers to those challenges that prevents human flourishing. Students critique the challenges from the point of view of the values and moral vision of the Roman Catholic faith.