OUR PATRON SAINT
Teresa of Ávila lived in the 16th century (March 28, 1515-October 4, 1582). Also called Teresa of Jesus, the patron saint of our school was a Carmelite nun and is one of only 34 saints to also be known as a Doctor of the Church. Her feast day is celebrated on October 15.
This thought was found after St. Teresa’s death on a prayer card in her breviary. Her prayer:
Let nothing disturb you; Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Nothing is wanting to him who possesses God. God alone suffices.
Veritas Preparatory School’s mission is informed and driven by the motto: Veritas Illuminat Intelligentia (“Truth enlightens the intelligence”). Human knowledge is a truth to be discovered; discovery and awareness of truth lead man to Truth itself. St. Augustine reminds us: “Education begins in wonder and ends in wisdom.”
The formation of a child intellectually and spiritually, as prescribed by the Magisterium, is a profoundly serious responsibility. Dedicated to the pursuit of Truth, Veritas Preparatory School (VPS) uses a classical curriculum, also known as the liberal arts, which engage the faculties of the mind, i.e., intelligence and imagination, without which critical thinking cannot be accomplished.
From the founding of our nation until the turn of the 20th century, American children were liberally or classically educated, as this type of education was seen as the means to offer all students the opportunity to fully develop their mental capacities, for the good of the community and nation. In early 1900, leading educational scholars discarded the liberal arts in favor of a progressive model; classes such as sociology were added to the curriculum as “an occasion to promote political agendas.” (John Dewey) The debate remains today: Which curriculum better serves the child?
“One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.” (St. Thomas More) We at Veritas believe that a strong liberal arts program prepares students for life. Through our classical curriculum, Veritas students will master the skills of reading critically, solving problems, speaking articulately, and writing effectively, so that, ultimately, they excel in college and beyond. VPS lays the groundwork for virtuous and intelligent leadership and participation in Church and in secular society.