house system: A panorama of the student body, sorted into their houses by color

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 elementary student is paired with an older prayer buddy, which ends up being the sweetest relationship in our entire school, who sits with them at Mass, visits their classroom for reading, and in general serves as a good mentor. Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in planning for meetings and events as part of the House Council.

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


House Fortitudo (for-ti-tude-o) – courage, moral valor, bravery

Patron Saint
St. Joan of Arc – Feast day is May 30th

Bible Verse
“Do not be afraid;
just have faith.”
— Mark 5: 36

Learning Target
I can take risks to do what is right in God’s kingdom.

House Ancora


House Ancora (an-core-a) – hope, support, refuge

Patron Saint
St. Maximilian Kolbe – Feast day is August 14th

Bible Verse
“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”
— Isaiah 40: 31

Learning Target
I can have faith in myself, others, and God.

House Dignatio


House Dignatio (dig-na-ti-o) – respect, dignity, esteem

Patron Saint
St. Francis of Assisi – Feast day is October 4th

Bible Verse
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” 
— Matthew 7: 12

Learning Target
I can recognize, honor, protect, and value how all are created in God’s image.

House Probitas


House Probitas (pro-bi-tas) – integrity, honesty, virtue

Patron Saint
St. Charles Borromeo – Feast day is November 4th

Bible Verse
“Let us love not in word and speech, but in deed and truth.”
— 1 John 3: 18

Learning Target
I  can be faithful and true to others and God in all situations.

House Ministerium


House Ministerium (min-is-ter-ium) – ministry, service, duty

Patron Saint
St. Mother Teresa – Feast day is September 5th

Bible Verse
“The greatest among you will be your servant.”
— Matthew 23: 11

Learning Target
I can pursue the needs of others before my own.

House Gratia


House Gratia (gra-si-a) – gratitude, thank, favor

Patron Saint
St Josephine Bakhita
Feast day is February 8th

Bible Verse
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever.”
— Psalm 107: 1

Learning Target
I can express gratitude in all situations.

TEstimonials for our school:

George Elliott, 2020-21 Interim Principal

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.

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