Stemming from a concept created by schools in England, every student is sorted into a House where they will remain for all of their Lourdes years. Houses generally meet three times a month for activities centered on relationship building, service, and teamwork.
The benefits of a house system are the enhanced opportunities to build relationships with students and teachers, a sense of community in being part of a smaller family within one large school, and for every student to have an adult advocate to provide guidance when needed.
Each of our houses is derived from the Latin word for our discipleship traits – Courage (Fortitudo), Hope (Ancora), Respect (Dignatio), Integrity (Probitas), Service (Ministerium), and Thankfulness (Gratia), which together spell out CHRIST.
House Fortitudo (for-ti-tude-o) – courage, moral valor, bravery
St. Joan of Arc – Feast day is May 30th
“Do not be afraid;
just have faith.”
— Mark 5: 36
I can take risks to do what is right in God’s kingdom.
House Ancora (an-core-a) – hope, support, refuge
St. Maximilian Kolbe – Feast day is August 14th
“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”
— Isaiah 40: 31
I can have faith in myself, others, and God.
House Dignatio (dig-na-ti-o) – respect, dignity, esteem
St. Francis of Assisi – Feast day is October 4th
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”
— Matthew 7: 12
I can recognize, honor, protect, and value how all are created in God’s image.
House Probitas (pro-bi-tas) – integrity, honesty, virtue
St. Charles Borromeo – Feast day is November 4th
“Let us love not in word and speech, but in deed and truth.”
— 1 John 3: 18
I can be faithful and true to others and God in all situations.
House Ministerium (min-is-ter-ium) – ministry, service, duty
St. Mother Teresa – Feast day is September 5th
“The greatest among you will be your servant.”
— Matthew 23: 11
I can pursue the needs of others before my own.
House Gratia (gra-si-a) – gratitude, thank, favor
St Josephine Bakhita
Feast day is February 8th
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever.”
— Psalm 107: 1
I can express gratitude in all situations.
TEstimonials for our school:
I wanted to take a quick moment to thank all of you for what I consider one of the most rewarding years I have ever had as a Catholic school administrator. Despite all the challenges of this year words can not express my deep admiration for the “can do” and “positive” attitude of the Lourdes parent community. Despite all of the road blocks that were put in our way you worked with the teachers and staff to make this year happen. More importantly, you encouraged, supported, and loved your children during the course of this school year. I especially enjoyed getting to know many of the children and watching them mature and grow from August to June. It has been a blessing for me to work with Dr. Jacobsen this year. There is no doubt in my mind that she is the right person to lead Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School next year and into the future. Lourdes is a special place and it is has been a privilege and honor for me to serve as principal this past year.