Progress becomes true progress only if it serves the human person and if the human person grows: not only in terms of his or her technical power, but also
in his or her moral awareness. I believe that the real problem of our historical moment lies in the imbalance between the incredibly fast growth of our technical power and that of our moral capacity, which has not grown in proportion. That’s why the formation of the human person is the true recipe, the key to it all, I would say, and this is what the Church proposes.
Benedict XVI, Interview, 2006.
At Servite High School, formation is the process by which a Friar becomes the person he has been called to be by God. The formation process is concerned with the complete human person and, consequently, is driven by a single question: “Who am I?” Without intentional, systematic formation, the Friar’s human and spiritual development is without proper concern for the unique vocation that God has called him to fulfill.
In The Catholic School, the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education (SCCE) reminds us that, “The school must begin from the principle that its educational program is intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person.” An educational program directed in this way requires attention to the fundamental components within each student: the body and the soul. More specifically, the soul is comprised of the intellect and the will. Thus, “whole person” involves three principle components understood as follows:
- The body is the vehicle which gathers information from and responds to the world around us.
- The intellect organizes and interprets the information gathered.
- The will is the ability to choose how to use the gathered information.
Properly used, the intellect arranges the gathered information in such a way that truth is discovered. Once truth is discovered, one can choose to act in accordance with truth, or contrary to it. Goodness is choosing to act according to what we know is true and thus right. The will is our ability to make that choice.
Servite High School believes it is vital to place proportionate emphasis on the development of the body, intellect and will. An imbalance in this regard results in information being inadequately gathered, poorly processed, or improperly applied. Therefore, in an effort to direct the formation of the whole Friar in a balanced, intentional and systematic way, Servite High School has developed a formation process that culminates in leadership.
Within the context of formation, teaching is not limited to the classroom experience. All members of the faculty and staff play an active role as teachers and guides in the formation of every student. The importance of each member’s active and proper participation cannot be overstated. As the SCCE reminds us in The Catholic School on the Verge of the Third Millennium:
“Teaching has an extraordinary moral depth and is one of man's most excellent and creative activities, for the teacher does not write on inanimate material, but on the very spirits of human beings. The personal relations between the teacher and the students, therefore, assume an enormous importance and are not limited simply to giving and taking. Moreover, we must remember that teachers and educators fulfill a specific Christian vocation and share an equally specific participation in the mission of the Church, to the extent that it depends chiefly on them whether the Catholic school achieves its purpose.”
Thus, every component of the school experience provides a unique and vital element in each student’s formation. The whole Friar is formed and affected by every activity and relationship that comprises his unique Servite experience.
Bearing all of this in mind, Servite High School forms faith-filled leaders, Friars who embrace Christ, love Christ, imitate Christ, live Christ, and be Christ, so as to draw others to Christ.