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          O'Dea High School

          The Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education

          I. Evangelize Youth within the Mission of the Church

          • Proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed
          • Permeate the entire curriculum, activities, and all aspects of the educational process with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ
          • Encourage young people to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ
          • Provide opportunities for liturgies, retreats, vocation awareness workshops and daily prayer

          II. Proclaim and Witness to Catholic Identity

          • Give priority to religious instruction with opportunities for faith development and theological understanding
          • Participate in the sacramental life of the Church and model a living faith through the use of rituals and symbols
          • Foster devotion to Mary and the communion of saints
          • Ensure that Catholic identity permeates all endeavors: all classes and activities, procedures and policies, services and programs

          III. Stand in Solidarity with those Marginalized by Poverty and Injustice

          • Promote policies and structures that reflect a climate of compassion for the poor and disadvantaged
          • Include education and advocacy for peace, justice, global awareness, and care for the Earth
          • Prepare students to work towards creation of a just society
          • Encourage ministry experiences that work with and serve the poor and marginalized
          • Support mission areas at home and abroad
          • Establish tuition and scholarship policies that open educational opportunities to the poor and disadvantaged

          IV. Foster and Invigorate a Community of Faith

          • Provide a disciplined, safe atmosphere in which students are free to grow and take responsibility for their own learning and for the life of the community
          • Sustain compassionate, respectful relationships among all stakeholders
          • Be in union with the Church through commitment to service and formation of community
          • Encourage faculty and staff to give daily witness to their integral role in communal faith formation
          • Embrace the human condition and welcome God’s healing

          V. Celebrate the Value and Dignity of each Person and Nurture the Development of the Whole Person

          • Promote respect for each individual as created in the image and likeness of God
          • Value the diversity for the human family and seek to reflect diversity among the students, faculty and staff
          • Promote strong programs for personal, professional and pastoral care
          • Offer co-curricular activities and programs that are important to a student’s holistic education
          • Strive to provide just remuneration for faculty and staff

          VI. Collaborate and Share Responsibility of the Mission

          • Empower all members of the community to share in the mission
          • Work with parents who are the primary educators
          • Collaborate with Edmund Rice Christian Brother ministries on a local, regional, and international levels
          • Foster a deeper understanding of the vision of Blessed Edmund
          • Promote active participation in governance by boards and diocesan officials

          VII. Pursue Excellence in all Endeavors

          • Promote a strong academic curriculum and cultivate a desire for excellence
          • Develop an educational culture that fosters the growth of the whole person, higher-order thinking, and life-long learning


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