LVA Catholic Faith Formation
“The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
At the center of Lumen Verum Academy, and indeed the center of human life, is Jesus Christ. Lumen Verum seeks to immerse students in the life of Catholic faith and enable them to enter into a living and vibrant relationship with the Son of God. It is only Christ who can fully reveal us to ourselves (Lumen Gentium). Within our approach to Catholic formation, scholars will not only come to know the God who loves them, but, in the light and truth of Christ, be awakened to their own “dignity beyond compare” (JPII) as sons and daughters made in the image and likeness of God.
For this reason, formation of the whole person, body and soul, is foundational to a Lumen Verum Academy education. In imitation of the Lord, we hope it will be said of all our scholars: they have “done all things well” (Mark 7:37).
A Transforming Encounter
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt 18:20). Scholars encounter Jesus Christ each day through the rhythm of daily prayer and through the sacraments. All school days include Morning Prayer, the Angelus, and Evening Prayer. Students attend daily Mass on each in-person day, while Adoration and Confession are offered monthly. Through this daily and transformative walk with the Lord, our scholars are equipped to be His disciples, and to become like their Teacher.
“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:9). Our educational approach focuses not only on teaching the truths of the faith in theology classes, but also on using the light of faith to illuminate the truths of each and every field of knowledge. Our faculty are committed to facilitating an encounter between Jesus and our scholars in all subjects. Teachers infuse their disciplines with the Catholic commitment to both faith and reason in everything from literature to history, from science to mathematics.
Peter exhorts us: “Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue” (2 Peter 1:5). Our scholars are taught to see the freedom and goodness that a life of virtue offers. Our weekly Advisory program encourages scholars to reflect on their moral, intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth. Both within the classroom and without, scholars are expected to exhibit responsibility and a love for the good. In the end, the goal of the virtuous life is to become like God (St. Gregory of Nyssa, De beatitudinibus, 1:PG 44). Our school honor code expresses many of the virtues we expect of Lumen Verum students.
Wonder and Gratitude
“God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen 1:31). At Lumen Verum, scholars are given the opportunity to step outside the classroom and encounter God in the goodness of the world that He has made. Through twice-monthly Friday field trips to various religious, historical, and natural sites in New England, scholars will encounter the beauty and majesty of the world around them. In exploring the world around them, we hope to give scholars the chance to be struck with wonder and to allow this wonder to lead them to gratitude for the Beauty Ever Ancient and Ever New, who has crowned mankind with glory and honor in the midst of his incredible works.