House System at Lourdes

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


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:

The Lawton Family
Katie attended Lourdes as a child and has been a member of the parish her entire life. We all remain active in the church and school. The boys have had cousins going to the school for a long time. This is home for our family and as a parent I feel a strong connection to the school and will continue to support the school after my kids graduate. What we love most about Lourdes is a sense of community. You really get to really know the families and the teachers get to know the students and you just don’t feel like another name on their list of students. The teachers really care and are so excited to hear about what the kids are up to in and out of school.
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