“Catholic schools are guided in all they do by an important and coherent vision of education. This vision is based on the truth revealed by God about ourselves, our life together in community and ultimate destiny with God. This gives rise to an educational endeavour centred on the person of Jesus Christ, who is our Way, Truth and Life.” [Joint Pastoral Letter, by the Bishops of England & Wales]
The Catholic education offered at St Leonard’s focuses on the fundamental needs of the human person – intellectual, physical, emotional, social, spiritual and eschatological (our eternal destiny). In order to meet these needs Christ and His Gospel must be the foundation of all of our endeavours because Christ is ‘the perfect Man in whom all human values find their fullest perfection’ [Congregation for Catholic Education, The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School]
Our ethos is firmly built on the four fundamental aspects of our life in Christ.
The Profession of Faith – Devotion to the Apostles’ teaching
Sacraments – Devotion to the breaking of bread
The Moral Life – Devotion to the fellowship
Prayer – Devotion to prayer
These are not separate activities but are approached as a unity that springs from the mystery of God. Our life, its vitality and authenticity depends, in large part, on cultivating and maintaining the integration of faith as believed, celebrated, lived and prayed.
This information was adapted from ‘Fit for Mission?: Schools’ by Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue, Bishop of Lancaster.