Providence Academy is a Roman Catholic college-preparatory school with a comprehensive, core-knowledge curriculum that promotes superior academic achievement, mastery of skills and content, character development and citizenship within a faith-filled, Christian environment.
Statement of Philosophy
From the heart of our motto, “Faith, Knowledge, Virtue,” Providence Academy develops habits of spirit, mind and action to prepare students for future leadership in vocations and civic life. The faith and morals taught by the Catholic Church provide the foundation for time-honored training in the liberal arts and sciences. An emphasis on the intellectual and cultural heritage of Western civilization highlights principles of freedom and justice necessary for American self-government. The curriculum instills customs of discipline and assures breadth and depth in students’ mastery of educational basics. Extracurricular activities and events incorporate the diverse God-given talents and interests of young people, in accord with our mission. Providence Academy aims to graduate citizens who are informed Christian believers, clear thinkers, free and responsible persons prepared to meet the challenges and complexities of American life in the 21st century.
Providence Academy’s Code
Providence Academy accepts the governance of moral and civil law. We are a community of persons who respect the good in others, in our thoughts, our words, and our actions. We recognize rightful authority. We speak truthfully. We are honest in our work and in our dealings with others. We are compassionate, gracious, and courteous to all. We aspire to be citizens who honor God, country, family, and neighbor.
Statement of Catholic Morality
Providence Academy is a Catholic School, firmly grounded in the unchanging teaching of the Church found in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the natural law. Providence is committed to presenting Catholic moral teaching with fidelity, and we firmly adhere to it in all school endeavors.
All Providence Academy students and staff are required to take part in certain Catholic traditions and attend various Catholic events, including students and faculty at weekly Masses. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are expected to show respect for the Church’s traditions and refrain from displays of lifestyles or behaviors that conflict with Catholic teaching.
Fundamental principles of morality to which we adhere can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (“CCC”).
The Sanctity of Human Life
All human life is sacred in all stages from conception to natural death. This includes pre-born babies, persons with physical or intellectual disabilities, the elderly, the sick, the suffering, and the dying. (Ps. 139 13-16, 1 Cor. 6:19, CCC 2258-2279)
Dignity and Equality of Human Persons
Created in the image of God and equally endowed with rational souls, all human beings have the same nature and origin. Redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ, all persons, male and female, of every race, ethnicity, and social condition are called to participate in the same divine beatitude. All persons therefore enjoy equal dignity, and rights that flow from it. (Gen. 1-3; CCC 1934-1935)
Difference, Complementarity, and Equality of the Sexes
God created the human being in his own image; male and female he created them. Everyone, male and female, should acknowledge and accept the givenness of their created sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. In creating male and female, God gives to both an equal personal dignity. (Gen. 1:26-27, Matt. 19:4-6, CCC 2331-2335)
The Dignity of Marriage
Marriage is both a natural and sacramental uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive, and permanent union. God intends sexual intimacy to occur only in marriage as a means of expressing the love and fidelity of husband and wife and participating in God’s gift of procreation. Living a marital vocation according to God’s plan leads people closer to His love, while misusing sexuality through unchastity hurts us and leads us away from God. (Gen. 2:18-25, Eph. 5:31-33, CCC 2337-2365)
These examples are not intended to be exhaustive. They are representative of teachings now controversial in an increasingly secularized society. As the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education teaches, “a mature faith is also able to recognize and reject cultural counter-values which threaten human dignity and therefore are contrary to the Gospel.”
Under the guidance of the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Providence Academy is responsible for faithfully safeguarding and transmitting the truth, goodness, beauty, and coherence of the Catholic faith.