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 Savage and Funk families

It’s hard to believe that five years ago, our family started at Our Lady of Lourdes! We were quickly welcomed by parents, staff and faculty into this giving and dedicated community. It came to no surprise that our kids absolutely loved it. Soon, our youngest children would attend, as they hoped, after seeing their big brothers run the track, dress in uniform and play sports. Our boys not only go to school excited for what’s to come, but they come home happy and ready for the next day. It is difficult to put into words how grateful we are to watch our children grow in a place that wants them to develop and thrive; in a community that teaches and displays the discipleship qualities and traits; and in surroundings that feel like home. We look forward to a year filled with energy, excitement and of course good quality learning.

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