Holy Family Academy is a Catholic school whose essential mission is summarized in a few words that Benedict XVI addressed to Catholic educators in America:
First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.
This is our mission: to be a school where students can encounter the living God in liturgy and in prayer, in classes and in conversation, in studies and in sports, in fellowship and in friendship.
As a Catholic school in the heart of the Church, Holy Family Academy embraces her identity. The specific, hallmark characteristics of this identity are presented in the document entitled
The Holy See’s Teachings on Catholic Schools
. This document articulates the five marks of a Catholic school:
- Inspired by a supernatural vision
- Founded on Christian anthropology
- Animated by communion and community
- Imbued with a Catholic worldview throughout its curriculum
- Sustained by gospel witness
In light of these essential characteristics, Holy Family Academy believes that each human person has received the breath of eternal life from God, understands human nature in light of Christ, strives to build fellowship, sees the world from a Catholic perspective of faith and reason, and draws strength from the example of heroic witnesses.
Our Ultimate Goal:
To live fully one’s baptismal vocation to holiness and to flourish in the life of charity is not a privilege reserved for an elite few; rather, “All the Christian faithful, of whatever state or rank, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity (
Holy Family Academy educates students to fulfill their fundamental vocation: to be saints who live as beloved sons and daughters of God. Every one of our students, indeed, every human person, is a child of God and finds happiness only by discovering and living this identity. Formal education in the Catholic Faith aims specifically at personal union with God:
At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth….The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ. (
Therefore, the ultimate educational goal at HFA is no less than union with God lived imperfectly in this world and perfectly in the next.
Address to Catholic Educators at the Catholic University of America