Faith in Action
At the Academy of the Holy Names, we strive to grow in our discipleship, in both our personal and collective call to be the hands of Jesus. Students learn to live the faith by putting the Gospel into action. Service is a loving response to others’ needs–it is both an encounter with God and a response to God’s love.
Our students in the lower division are guided in caring behaviors and charitable acts, and our middle school students are introduced to human needs in the local community of Tampa Bay. They learn to care for God’s creation. We challenge our high school students to embark on a pilgrimage or mission trip, building the skills to pray, interact with, and advocate for those they serve. Acting on the cardinal virtue of justice, they develop an intellectual and theological understanding of right-relationship with the world around them.
May we actualize the words of Jesus: ‘I have come to cast fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already kindled.’”
- Blessed Marie Rose (quoting Luke 12:49)
At the Academy, we believe in nurturing not just young minds but also compassionate hearts.
In middle school, service projects are built into the curriculum, putting into action the corporal works of mercy and care for creation.
High School students delve into the Gospel mission with the “two feet of love in action”: charity and justice.
“Education in faith demands of us active involvement in the promotion of justice. We are challenged by the needs of our society to unite our efforts with those around us to attain for all people conditions of life more equitable and more worthy of human dignity.”- SNJM Constitutions #13