Last week, the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) celebrated their Catholic identity in honor of the national event, Catholic Schools Week (CSW).
"Catholic Schools Week is a fun week filled with activities that remind us of who we are and the faith of our community that brings us together,” said Hope Griffin, Upper School Director of Campus Ministry and Coordinator of the NDA CSW activities.
Each day has its own theme that focuses on an aspect of a Catholic school environment and faith. Students celebrate their community, each other and our nation, as well as the vocations, faculty, staff, volunteers, and administrators that support their work.
"Here at the Academy, our commitment to balancing academic rigor and faith formation is stronger than ever,” Academy President John O'Brien says. “We are rooted in the philosophy of St. Julie Billiart which calls us to: Teach what they need to know for life.”
Events during CSW include visits to a local nursing home, creating thank you cards for those who have made an impact, dress down days, prayers, and more. The highlight of the week is celebrating Mass in honor of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and their devotion to their vocation. The Liturgy is followed by a reception to thank the Sisters and Board for all that they do for NDA.
Griffin believes that this week is critical in developing a commitment to giving back to the community..
“A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others,” Griffin stated. “When students take part in service activities, they demonstrate the values and faith gained through Catholic education.”
The Academy’s call to mission and a life of service is instilled in all by the seven Hallmarks, created by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The Sisters serve on five different continents and we continue the culture of service here at the Academy through creating partnerships with local SND organizations and by participating in various outreach programs both locally and globally.
“We will continue to strive to develop young adults to be creative thinkers, innovative problem solvers, effective communicators, and emerging leaders, guided by the call for service to those in need and making a difference in the world," assured O’Brien.