At the Regina Academies it begins with every teacher being a practicing Catholic who is willing to sign an Oath of Fidelity to the magisterium of the Catholic Church each school year. That oath binds our teachers and administrators to faithfully handing on the content of the Catholic faith as it is given to us in the Catechism of the Catholic Church – not just in religion classes, but in all subjects. That also means in their personal lives, they adhere to the full teachings of the Church. The result is a very special environment where, in the words of one of our 7th grade students:
“I’ve come to know that truth exists through studying logic, the Bible, and the Catechism, but the most personal way I’ve been shown this, is by the virtuous lives people live around me every single day.”
Children who are developing intellectually, physically, and spiritually need confidence that they can know the truth and they need strong witnesses of faith. Perhaps one of the reasons the average age of children who no longer identify as Catholic is 13 is because they live in conflict between their parents’ belief, their experience of Church, and the school and peer environment that they are in each day.
The Regina Academies believe as the Church teaches, that Jesus gave us the Church to continue his mission of saving souls. We further believe that the Church was endowed with a special grace to prevent it from teaching any error (CCC 889), and that the Holy Spirit dwells within the Church so that it can teach, sanctify, and govern the faithful in the name of Jesus Christ.
In the Regina Academies, questions of Church authority are not present. Questions of the truth of doctrine are not present. We believe that the Church is both mater et magistra, or mother and teacher, and as such will never lead in any other way other than the fulfillment of our purpose which is to know, love, and serve God, and to love our neighbor as ourself.
Through a program rooted in faith and reason, children who attend a Regina Academy come to know that Truth exists, and that Truth is a person named Jesus Christ.
Finally, in the mind of the Church, Catholic education has two goals:
The Regina Academies promise parents a partnership in accomplishing these two goals.