The faculty and staff of St. Paul’s join me in welcoming you to our site and we thank you for taking the time to visit. It is likely that you are interested in learning more about the school, perhaps with a view to becoming a member of the school community as a student or as the parent of a student. Hopefully our site will provide you with the information you seek.
St. Paul’s High School is an independent Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition. That simple statement is full of meaning and requires some explanation for it to be fully understood. Let me begin with a brief exploration of the Jesuit tradition, which has been around for over 450 years, since the first Jesuit school opened in Messina, Italy in 1558. There are many ways to express the essence of Jesuit education but the most succinct is to say that Jesuit education aims to form men and women of competence, conscience, and compassion, who are intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice in generous service to the people of God.
These essential characteristics and values are woven into the fabric of St. Paul’s so that everything we do, whether it is part of the curriculum, or part of the co-curricular and extra-curricular program, contributes to the formation of the whole person as an intelligent, responsible, believing adult who is prepared to make a difference for good in the world. All of this is solidly rooted in the spiritual tradition of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder. The Exercises challenge us to find God in all things, to seek always to serve with greater generosity and love, and to discern wisely how best to use our gifts and talents for building the realm of God in this world.
As a Catholic school, St. Paul’s embodies the mission of the Church to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Man-for-Others. We strive to follow his example by exercising a preferential option for the poor, with a profound respect for the dignity of every person, and a commitment to the creation of a community of faith, hope and love, in which our students can discover and develop their personal gifts, grow in their understanding of the world, deepen their personal relationship with God, and prepare themselves to exercise genuine and effective leadership.
What makes this awesome task possible is the sense of community that has long been a hallmark of St. Paul’s. The students, teachers, support and administrative staff, parents (past and present), alumni, and friends of the school all contribute in their own way to fostering a supportive, safe and caring environment that enables the school to fulfill its apostolic mission. Our strength is our people: excellent teachers, dedicated staff, generous friends and supporters, eager and open students. Together we create the community that is St. Paul’s.
Again I welcome you to our site. I hope you enjoy your visit.
Respectfully yours in Christ
Fr. Len Altilia S.J.