Student Life

Spirituality

“Lord God, through the merits of Your great saint, Benedict, we ask Your grace and blessing on all we do today. Grant us the grace to act always as true Christians, responsive to Your will. Help us to see and serve You in our neighbor and to miss no opportunity of doing good in Your name. Amen.”

Following the Tradition

St. Elizabeth is a close-knit Catholic school that follows the Benedictine tradition, focusing on personal and spiritual growth of our students and the development of the entire school community. Our faculty and staff nurture the motto of St. Benedict and model the values of hospitality, peace, prayer, compassion and the dignity of work.

To enhance our relationship with God, we celebrate Mass monthly as a school, and students have the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent. As a school, we begin and end each day with prayer, supporting spiritual growth with God. Lower school students complete our Sacramental Program, fulfilling the sacraments of First Reconciliation, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Many students continue to strengthen their faith and become altar servers within the parish.

The Rule of St. Benedict

In existence for 1,500 years, the Rule of Saint Benedict has become the leading guide in Western Christianity for monastic living in community, but it is also a practical guide that can be used to help everyone establish and maintain loving relationships with God, with others, with the material world, and with one’s own self.  As the whole person is made up of body, mind, and spirit, the Rule is written for a life that recognizes that the three elements should be affirmed in a balanced life of prayer, study, and work.  The spirit of the Rule is summed up in the motto of the Benedictine Confederation – pax (“peace”) and the traditional ora et labora (“pray and work”).

From the opening words, “Listen my son to the instructions of your Master, turn the ear of your heart to the advice of a loving father;” through the instructions on hospitality, community, humility, prayer, work, compassion, and obedience; to the final words of Chapter LXXII – “They should prefer nothing to Christ.  May He bring us all alike to life everlasting.” – the Rule serves as a roadmap to a relationship with God and those in the communities in which one lives – family, school, church, neighborhood, etc.

The Rule is one based on moderation and reasonableness, with an understanding not just of the capabilities of human nature but also its weaknesses.

Pastor

Father Norman Carroll
The Feast of Saint Benedict is celebrated on March 21st.

The Benedictine Ethos Today

God exists and is present to every aspect of human existence.  Therefore, one must bring a reverent and mindful attitude to life.  Prayer is not the only thing worth doing in this world, but without prayer, nothing else is done as well nor are things kept in proper perspective.
Every person is of equal worth in the eyes of God.  Therefore, no one can be considered a mere object but must be given voice in his or her own destiny.
Authority is necessary in every human society and it must be obeyed insofar as it serves the common good.
It is possible for human beings of various backgrounds and cultures to live in a harmonious community.  People are meant to live in mutuality and not alienation.
Personal fulfillment is just as important as the profit of the community, but mature happiness can only be found in serving others.
Truth is never served by force or violence.  We prove that we do not really believe in the truth when we impose it on others by violent force.
Competition is an artificial means of stimulating human striving; in the long run it cannot produce the same fruits of peace and joy that can be achieved by cooperation.

Lawrence Kardong, OSB 
The Benedictines