Charter of Schools of the Society of St.
Schools under the aegis of the Priestly Society of St.
Pius X have, as their main purpose, the Christian education of
our youth according to the spirit of Holy Mother Church, which
has received the divine mission of going and teaching all
nations, and whose many centuries of experience has been
clearly expressed in those wise directives given by successive
Sovereign Pontiffs and constantly manifested by the work of
These schools have, as their very foundation, a lively
spirit of Faith. Whenever a school is based on a profound
Faith, studies will indeed be fruitful, discipline will be
trouble-free, and family spirit will prove to be simple and
natural. In these days of apostasy, these schools strive to
pass on the love of truth. Students learn to recognize and
reject modern-day errors; thus will they be able to stand fast
and persevere on the narrow path leading to Heaven despite the
myriad dangers of this world.
In order to provide a genuinely Catholic education to our
young, these schools, supported by faithful parents, who are
their children's first teachers, must, in fact, be free from
all constraints, whether of an ideological or financial
nature. It is from such schools that vocations and Christian
families will come: the very foundations of society.
Christian education, seen as cooperation with the action
of Grace, aims at the formation of the true and perfect
Christian. Our schools find in the traditional liturgy of the
Church the privileged source of supernatural life as well as
that of solid piety. Students will love assisting at the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass, frequenting the sacraments and
participating in Church ceremonies and Sacred music. Liturgy
is able to educate, with delicacy, those virtues so essential
to the Christian soul.
These institutions impart truly Catholic teaching, wherein
the secular sciences are studied and applied in harmony with
the spirit of Catholic Faith. They respect the scale of values
of the sciences as they afford primacy to the philosophy of
reality followed by the humanities and history in order to
achieve sound judgment through a classic formation of our
children's hearts and minds. They also facilitate the choice
of a career or of a state of life, while allowing each student
to discover his own limits, gifts and possibilities.
The formation of well-balanced personalities depends upon
the well-rounded education of the whole man, body and soul,
through the constant exercise of both natural and supernatural
virtues. It is for this reason that discipline must be
demanding yet flexible in order to form sturdy characters
having, together with the habit of fulfilling their duties of
state, a generous spirit of sacrifice and concern for the
common good. Particular favor will be given to the Arts
especially to music and singing which refine and temper
youth's sensibilities. Manual skills will develop our
student's practical sense and spirit of service to others.
Physical training and organized sports provide opportunities
of burning off their excess energy with moderation while
learning to live in harmony with their fellow students.
These schools will strive to acquire a teaching staff in
perfect agreement with their sacred end in view. Through their
good example and competence, our professors are, indeed,
concerned in dispensing genuine Catholic teaching. All of this
teaching, all of school's organization, its personnel and
textbooks and programs as well as its discipline, are all
directed and governed by a truly Christian spirit. The
resulting cohesion will assure the high quality of the
students' development and formation.
The atmosphere and surroundings of these schools must
conform with those of the Holy Family. Proper authority
guarantees the exercise of fraternal charity: fatherliness of
the priests and professors, an active and obedient
participation of the pupils and a fraternal spirit of the
older children with regard to their younger companions.
In order to be truly efficient, these schools can no more
do without the families' close collaboration nor take their
place, bur rather they are to help these families in the
proper upbringing of their children. It is therefore, an
absolute necessity, for the good of their children, that
parents commit themselves to know and put into practice the
very same principles as those of the school they have chosen.
Thus will the true Christian spirit contribute to the
establishment of Our Lord Jesus Christ's social Reign
throughout the world.