The Cardinal Newman Society once again recognized The Lyceum in its biannual High School honor role. See their recently published list “Nation’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced”
I am especially pleased because with a classy name like “The Lyceum,” it is not always a sure bet that we will win awards “for Catholic Identity.” It seems like many Catholic educators insist on basing their Catholic Identity almost solely on the name of their school (“St. Whoever” Academy) while implementing curricula which in most respects is no different from the conventional non Catholic – or even anti-Catholic- school.
Catholic Identity does not consist in hiding a “secular humanist” curriculum under a Catholic veneer.
Perhaps Catholic identity is rooted in a curriculum and program of studies which seeks to guide students towards forming their intellects in such a manner that they might be able to see the invisible things of God through the visible things of this earth.
Maybe maintaining a Catholic identity necessitates a school which proposes that the life of the intellect is best fostered and nourished in a life of prayer and a close adherence to the teachings of the Catholic church.
One might even suggest that Catholic identity requires a school to make every attempt in its power to resist the formation of its students in the pseudo science of materialism and a vigorous return to the real science of nature that the Church has always fostered and proposed.