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