At St. Rose, we believe that “we are always learning.” Our belief is inspired by the great artist Michelangelo, who at the dawn of his very accomplished life, wrote that he believed he still had so much more to learn. At the heart of our core values is the belief that every member of our crew is a learner and no matter how young or old you are, or how much education you might have, we all have much more to learn. Learning allows our minds and souls to be set free to discover what is true, beautiful, and good in the world. This is the essence of an excellent Catholic education and as we are reminded by St. John Paul II, “this transmits a comprehensive vision of life…that liberates students in the most profound meaning of human freedom,” (Address to US Bishops May 30, 1998).
We know learning can occur when we practice good habits. We are all most successful when we develop and practice good habits. Good habits are not only essential for academic success, but practicing good habits is the hallmark of faithful discipleship.
At St. Rose of Lima, we have identified five core values in our community which we call our Habits of a Catholic Scholar and Disciple.
We believe the five habits are essential for the growth and continued success of our St. Rose crew. We intentionally teach students, parents, and staff the meaning and significance of these five habits and imbue these values into every aspect of our work.
By showing solidarity, we learn how to love as Christ did:“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” (John 15:13).
By practicing accountability, we learn the value of good discipline and right order in our life.
By collaborating, we learn to work together for the advancement of the common good.
By practicing craftsmanship, we learn to produce work that is beautiful in conception and creation, and that transmits goodness to others.
By persevering, we learn that grit and persistence will open the doors for greater opportunities to honor God.
Our students are assessed on their performance of these habits and more importantly, students are provided opportunities to reflect on their practice of the habits and to identify areas for continued improvement. However, the Habits of Catholic Scholar and Disciple are not only for students. As the core values of our community, our teachers and staff in a special way are expected to be exemplars in word, action, and deed, of the five habits.
At St. Rose we do not seek to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. We believe our core values will enable every member in our community to practice habits that will enable them to respond adequately to the question, “How will I use my gifts to honor God in this world?”