“We welcome dialogue and debate in the search for truths that ignite passions.”
Catholic Memorial provides a comprehensive and inclusive education; in fact, more than 15 percent of all CM students are non-Catholic. At CM, we embrace students from all faith traditions. CM’s approach to the Catholic faith is inspired by Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers, who faced personal tragedy by using his success as a businessman to offer a holistic education to the poor and persecuted in his community. BERSI and other programs enable students to expand their reach and impact beyond our local community to national and international communities.
Rice was steeped in a Catholic intellectual tradition that for two millennia has invited the pursuit of truth in all disciplines. Confident in its creed, “nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo” in the heart of Catholicism (Vatican II). The very word catholic means “broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.” At CM, a Catholic worldview inspires faculty and students alike, regardless of their own religious convictions, to seek and pursue meaning beyond reality’s surface and to love and serve the other beyond the immediate horizon. Within the CM brotherhood, students encounter non-Catholic Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and Taoisits.
The physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual safety of CM’s “brotherhood” provides a common experience that fosters deep conversations and stimulates intellectual growth. Secure in the knowledge that he is accepted for who he is, each student at CM is open to an experience of transformation.
By grappling with the great questions of human existence, combined with mentorship and discernment, our students come to comprehend who they are, what they value, and how they can best contribute to the world.
CM faculty, staff, and administrators intentionally create an inclusive culture that promotes conversations around a well-articulated academic core, social curriculum, value system, and mission. Through this extended dialogue students reflect upon their lives, broaden their horizons, and, like Edmund Rice, serve the needs of the poor and persecuted locally, as well as nationally and internationally. Through these experiences, students gain valuable skills that prepare them for or set them on a life-long intellectual and spiritual journey.
As a community, we have high expectations for our students and ask them to pursue excellence in all they do.
- The expectation of excellence applies to learning and behavior, to study and to performance, to scholarship, and to sportsmanship.
- Our students learn that their actions have consequences.
- They reflect on and talk about the values and virtues we desire to live forth as a community.
- They develop character.
Invited to take seriously the life and values of Jesus, our students graduate with a clear understanding of who they are and their place in a world that needs their talent and commitment.
We firmly believe that this approach—finding deeper meaning in the reality and events of our world; bonding in brotherhood to one another and learning to serve those in need; wrestling with the great questions of the past, the present, and the future; and being open to transformation—when inspired by the story and witness of Jesus provides an authentically Catholic education.