Principal’s Blog: Reflection on our new Mission Statement

Saint Pope Paul VI in his 1975 papal encyclical Evangelii Nuntiandi or “Evangelization in the Modern World” encouraged all Catholics to spread the gospel of Christ, to help others know, and to love Jesus. He emphasized that all people—the laity not just the ministers—are called to share Jesus. Parents, grandparents, children, and you and I are called to do this together.

I found this quote particularly striking. “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he listens to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Many people who have had a conversion of faith say they were greatly influenced by someone who inspired them not so much with words but with actions—by living and witnessing an authentic Christian life. People are inspired by acts of love, kindness, and authentic, everyday faith.

Our new mission statement contains the word inspires. We aim to not simply fill minds with information but to inspire people to be transformed through knowledge. We seek to help students solve real-world problems and make a real-world difference. Our hope is that students who attend St. John the Baptist School experience great teachers and are inspired by Christian witnesses.

Our Mission: Our Catholic family inspires disciples of Jesus by educating the whole person through prayer, high academic standards, and service to others.