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.