Education in the Dominican Tradition
St. Dominic founded the Dominican Order in 1216 at a time
when there was a great need in the Church to spread the Gospel message of
salvation. The Order was built on
four “pillars” which continue to be the hallmarks of education in the Dominican
tradition: preaching and service, study, prayer, and community. The Catholic identity of Albertus
Magnus High School is infused with the Dominican spirit.
Spreading the Gospel Message - Service
The Dominican tradition of education encourages students to
share what they have learned in the classroom and have gleaned through prayer
by living a life of service and by being a beacon of faith in the world. The
seeds of faith planted in the souls of our students will continue to bear fruit
beyond their years at Albertus Magnus and into eternity.
While students are prepared academically for future
challenges, they are also spiritually prepared to look beyond the surface and
realize the greater realities. The tradition underscores the teaching of
goodness, beauty, and truth. The
greatest Truth - “God is Love” (1 John 4:8) - gives each of us the key to our
own purpose and destiny. We are
created in the image of God and sent forth to love and serve.
With this Dominican value in mind, our students are
encouraged to serve others in a variety of ways while at Albertus Magnus. Many, for example, are peer tutors,
Midnight Run volunteers (who bring food and clothing to the homeless of New
York City), and Eucharistic Ministers, as well as help as fundraisers for many
causes including cancer, cystic fibrosis, third world medical clinics, and
earthquake and hurricane relief.
Our students also hold collections for clothing, food, and toys
throughout the school year.
Love of Truth: Study
Veritas –Truth - is one of the mottos of the Dominican Order. Truth has its
foundation in God, who is the First Truth. Study is necessary in order to know
this Truth and the principles for living a life of faith. Our students study the meaning of the
scriptures and learn how Christ’s message can be applied in their own lives.
They are equipped spiritually to develop their faith values while pursuing the
rigorous academic curriculum, which Albertus Magnus offers.
Our goal is to educate our students in a way that will foster growth and
maturity and to help them master the skills to become independent thinkers.
Underlying the academic preparation our students receive is the belief that all
life is sacred and this is manifested through a profound respect for every
Formation in Faith: Prayer
Liturgical and personal prayer is infused in Dominican life and in the life of
our students. Each day begins and ends in prayer. Students are taught what
it means to pray and how to pray.
The sacraments are available to our students as a way to
holiness. At the center of all Dominican life is the Eucharist, celebrated and
received at Mass, which is regularly celebrated throughout the school year.
Students may also receive the Sacrament of Penance. Devotion to Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the saints
is promoted on a daily basis. Love and respect of the Church and her
ministers is also taught. Students
serve as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and in the school choir.
United in Mission: Community
Dominican life is infused with a sense of joy, and so living a joyful community
life is essential in our Dominican family and is extended to all those with
whom we work and to the students and families whom we serve. Albertus
Magnus provides many opportunities for the building up of community in ways
that are spiritual, social, and service oriented.
The Dominican tradition is based on prayer, shared in community, committed to
truth, united in love and manifested in service.