Following both classical and Church tradition, SJPII aims to arm students with the tools they need to become holy, gaining joy in this life and in the next. These tools include the virtues, theological and cardinal.
“A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.” (CCC 1803)
SJPII has chosen a curriculum devoloped by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, an order based in Lower Michigan. Begun several years ago, Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue® has transformed families, parishes, schools, and whole dioceses!
“The Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue® is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This curriculum emphasizes Christian discipleship as indispensable toward human flourishing and the quest for joy. It has been developed in response to the call for a New Evangelization, firmly conveying the reality that happiness is found in a life of holiness.”
The curriculum is utilized not only in a formal classroom setting, but is part of the culture of SJPII. Students will eventually be able to understand, name, and contemplate the virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These tools will aid them in their relationships with God, others, and themselves, providing for a thorough daily examination of conscience.