Solidarity. Integrity. Respect. Subsidiarity.
Time-tested and socially productive virtues such as Solidarity, Integrity, Respect, and Subsidiarity are the cornerstones of a St. Joseph’s education. Observing these behaviors makes community life not just possible, but rich and meaningful. An awareness of these social virtues are at the very center of what we as a community uphold.
“The body is one and has many members, and all the members are one body. So it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12
The Catholic principle of solidarity recognizes the essential oneness of the human family, promotes unity, and a cooperative understanding of how we can and should relate to one another. To be in solidarity with another is to recognize that we are part of one body, and that another’s needs and concerns are equal in importance to your own.
“If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.” Fulton Sheen
Integrity, in its fullest sense, is about more than observing restrictions on what one should or should not do with regard to schoolwork. Rather, we believe that living with integrity is a positive affirmation that we can and should trust one another. Practices that accompany the loss of trust are the very opposite of the Christian life. SJCS students are encouraged to embrace integrity as a means of contributing to the well-being of the entire community.
“In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
Treating others with respect is one of the most tangible ways of upholding the gospel and the Christian understanding of the person. Behaviors that demean one another or fail to appeal to another’s best self are inconsistent with the gospel. SJCS students’ interactions with each other, with teachers and administrators, and with guests are opportunities to look upon one another as neighbors and to act with charity towards all.
“Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such, endowed with basic and inalienable rights ordered to his or her integral development.” Laudato Si’, Pope Francis
Healthy communities are those which both empower and trust individuals to accept the responsibilities of belonging to the group, minimizing the need for the kinds of surveillance that can undermine trust and openness. The Catholic principle of subsidiarity teaches that responsibility for right action emanates outward from an individual rather than being imposed from above, making us all accountable for our actions both in the things that we do and in those right actions we fail to take.