The Five Key Principles of Catholic Education

Donahue Academy is a leader in Catholic education. Our school’s leadership has been instrumental in articulating and promoting the principles of Catholic identity on a national level. These five principles are the elements the Church expects to find in all Catholic schools and which distinguish them from other schools. The principles are derived from Church documents related to education, including the documents of Vatican II, documents from the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education and the writings of various Popes.

  1. Catholic schools are inspired by a divine mission. All educational efforts are part of the Church’s mission of salvation and evangelization for the good of each student and the good of society.
  2. Catholic schools model Christian communion. Students are formed for relationship with God and with others in love and in service. All instruction is in fidelity with Catholic teaching.
  3. They are places where students encounter Christ in prayer, scripture and sacrament.
  4. They are places that integrally form students’ intellectual, spiritual, moral and physical dimensions.
  5. They seek to seek to impart a Christian view of the world, humanity, life, culture and of history, ordering the whole of human culture to the news of salvation and the unity of all knowledge.

Donahue Academy fully exemplifies each of these key principles.

Our goal is your child’s strength and freedom. We want them to fully actualize their powers and potentialities: both those powers and potentialities they share with all men and those that God has particularly gifted them with.

We call these powers “virtues” and we seek to help your child practice and eventually master these excellences to the best degree they can while with us, knowing that this is a life-long journey. Prudence, Justice, Courage, Moderation, Faith, Hope and Love: These are the standards we seek to live by. They provide a target to shoot for when behavior fall short, so that as we grow, we grow towards strength, autonomy and freedom to do that which we were made for.