Characteristics of Marianist Education


Purcell Marian High School is grounded in the Traditions of the Society of Mary (Marianists) and the Sisters of Charity.  A Marianist education follows five pillars: 

Educate for formation in faith

-educate about responsibilities to God, family, neighbor and self.

-cultivate a willingness to serve others.

-bear witness to the Gospel with a personal and committed faith that touches the heart.

-promote dialogue between faith and culture that illuminates reality from the perspective of the Gospel.

-bear witness with a faithful commitment to the church that makes the Gospel credible today and tomorrow.

-make present the example and influence of Mary as the first disciple and as an educator in faith.


Provide an integral, quality education

-provide a coherent curriculum, professional personnel, and adequate facilities and finances.

-develop respect for the dignity of the person as a son or daughter of God, unique and individual.

-develop an interior spirit and self-knowledge.

-develop a concern for global and local issues of culture, ecology, and the use of technology.

-foster diversity among faculty and staff as well as student body.

-offer Mary as a mode of integrity in relation to the realities of the world.


Educate in family spirit

-create a favorable environment for education.

-cultivate interpersonal relationships characterized by openness, respect, integrity, and dialogue.

-express authority as a loving and dedicated service.

-influence others by exhibiting the Marianist traits of openness, hospitality, graciousness, and faith.


Educate for service, justice, and peace

-promote a missionary spirit for the reign of God.

-educate for solidarity, justice, and peace.

-attend to the poor and marginalized.

-promote the dignity and rights of women.

-promote programs of service, encouraging the formation of Christian service groups.

-announce the goodness and justice of God, and denounce oppression under the prophetic influence of Mary


Educate for adaptation and change

-educate to shape the future.

-educate persons to accept and respect differences in a pluralistic society.

-develop critical thinking skills in the search for truths.

-be open and adapt to global and local context through enculturation and interdisciplinary education.

-be available and respond to the signs of the times in faith.