When you ask what makes St. Lawrence Seminary special, you are likely to get a range of answers, depending on who you’ve asked. But nearly every answer will lead you back to SLS’s Mission and Values. These core beliefs are at the heart of every rationale, decision, and aspect of our program. Over the course of two, three, or four years, boys who are daring enough to embrace our program grow into impressive young men of faith. We ask a lot of our students, but we work to instill in them the tools they need to live these core values of St. Lawrence Seminary.
1. Faith-based classrooms provide a safe space for open discussion of religion that public or non-faith-based schools do not.
St. Lawrence Seminary High School takes pride in the open discussion of religion in both the classroom setting and in Spiritual Direction meetings. Spiritual Direction is a place and a time to talk about a relationship with God and what that means. A Spiritual Director might ask about the student’s classes and activities, how he is taking care of himself, how he is getting along with his classmates, or how God is present in his life. The spiritual director will encourage the student to reflect upon all the experiences of his life and bring these to the meetings.
The whole process is a sacred sharing in the student’s life. Spiritual Directors will share their own thoughts, reflections, personal experiences and recommendations when appropriate to do so. Directors will challenge the students, when necessary, to take responsibility for each of their own questions, ideas and responses.
There is a significant maturing process during the course of the time the student is here. The first year sharing is quite general. In the junior and senior years, the meetings tend to be more in depth and a lot more questions about God are explored. Many more questions arise about religious life and the priesthood. The Director will support the student in times of discernment in whatever way is possible.
One of the ways that St. Lawrence Seminary High School knows that it is effective in developing its students is through the success of our alumni.
From being well prepared for their freshman college courses, to their successful entrance into the world of their careers, to their continued involvement in the church, it is clear that SLS alumni are inspired and motivated by their time on the Hill.
This isn’t accidental. It is intentionally cultivated through the school’s programs and offerings.
Mission trips are opportunities for students to travel, experience cultures, learn about the world, and make a difference in communities. Mission trips, like St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s mission trip to McAllen, TX, bring much needed assistance to the community and provide an enriching experience for students.
In a way, you really can’t miss the values of St. Lawrence Seminary, because they are everywhere. Literally. They are printed in every copy of the Student Handbook, a framed copy is enshrined in every meeting room, study hall, classroom, and even the wall of the Welcome Center (main entrance) lists the values written in letters over a foot tall.
So what are these core values?:
Spirituality, Diversity, Social Skills, Humble Commitment, Knowledge, and Safe Community.
Note: For more information on St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s values, visit our website and read up on our mission statement.
These are the values. But what do these values mean? Are they just nice words, or do they make a difference in the day-to-day lives of those associated with St. Lawrence Seminary?
Topics: Mission & Values
Some boarding schools offer excellent opportunities for students to get involved in service-related activities. Similarly, many boarding schools provide ample opportunity to combine community service with a high school curriculum. Combining community service into the regular routine of a high schooler’s schedule is a poignant teaching tool for the maturing adolescent.
Note: If you’re interested in learning about St. Lawrence Seminary High School, we invite you to download our guide outlining The Weekend Visit Experience at St. Lawrence.
So what are some of the benefits of community service?
Topics: Mission & Values
Advent literally means “coming,” and it is celebrated by many Catholics as a time of preparation. We look to the coming of Christ and work to spread His message of love and hope with all whom we encounter.
While many people in the world prepare for Christmas in myriad ways, the students and staff at St. Lawrence Seminary High School prepare for it in one very special way: through their participation in Angel Tree, a Prison Fellowship program.
St. Lawrence Seminary High School has a unique past, one that includes over 150 years of bishops, priests, famous alumni, and most importantly a brotherhood that cannot be described with ordinary words. It has called boys to live in a life of service, humility, and most importantly, faith as their foundation. St. Lawrence has been able to mold boys into being young men of faith while preparing students for a successful and spiritually-rich life post graduation.
Topics: Mission & Values