The greatest challenge to Catholic education in the United States today, and the greatest contribution that authentically Catholic education can make to American culture, is to restore to that culture the conviction that human beings can grasp the truth of things, and in grasping that truth can know their duties to God, to themselves, and their neighbors. In meeting that challenge, the Catholic educator will hear an echo of Christ’s words: ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32). -- Pope John Paul II
At the Academy of St. Joseph, the religion curriculum is designed to infuse, integrate, and inspire Catholic values into the daily lives of all members of our school community. The substance of religious instruction focuses on doctrine, community, and service.
In all grades, the religion curriculum focuses on the teachings of Jesus, examples of those teachings as seen in the lives of saints, the sacraments, and the history of the Church. Students attend Mass once a month.
The tenets of other religions are respected and valued. Students learn about the importance of faith to the development of community and the commonality of spirituality in world religions that may differ in practice but share the element of faith.
Religious instruction serves to reinforce the values of the Academy and the Church.