A small independent Catholic school on the edge of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley says it is helping families grow in holiness by putting Christ first. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Angelorum College, an independent Catholic school, is a new sanctuary of learning – just 20 students in two classrooms, a chapel, and an enclosed playground in an ageing building owned by the Legion of Mary.
“We put Christ first – the Catholic identity – and from that everything stems,” Simon Ashley, one of the school’s three teachers, said.
“All the families that send their kids here they’re all practicing Catholics and we’re living the message of Humanae Vitae.”
Opened at the start of last year, the school has a clear focus – taking on what St John Paul II identified as the many threats that human dignity would face in the 21st Century.
“We’re all about helping families grow in their calling to holiness. That means putting Christ first, supporting a culture of life and fighting a culture of death,” Mr Ashley said, standing in the narrow campus hallway next to a banner of the Polish Pope and what he describes as “the life wall” with photos of families and newborns.
“We are all pro-life, we’re open to life and we’re always celebrating kids when they’re born and we’re teaching the kids about it,” he said.
“(St) John Paul II said we need to build up a culture of life and that’s really where the rubber meets the road.
“We’re implementing the Church’s teachings with reference to love and life, not simply love.”
About seven years ago a group of home schooling parents started a day program, then decided to register, and Angelorum was born as a “real school” with provisional accreditation.
Ten students also learn by distance education.
Students are taught from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, synchronised with the liturgical seasons, and with regular visits from the priests and brothers from The Brisbane Oratory in Formation and the Missionaries of Charity.
Independent Catholic school in Brisbane ‘living out message of Humanae Vitae’ (The Catholic Leader)