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Virtue

The word "virtue" is rooted in the Latin vir which means "man" and suggests the idea of strength, heroism, or excellence.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines virtue as "an habitual and firm disposition to do the good."

Virtue Program

From the time of the ancient Greeks, virtue was an essential part of education.  At Saint Benedict, one virtue is highlighted each month and students who model that virtue are nominated for special recognition.

"The only true riches are those that make us rich in virtue." Pope St. Gregory the Great

Each month, the entire school community focuses on a particular virtue.  Scripture stories assist in making that virtue real for the students.  Virtues must be practiced repeatedly in order to become habitual.  At the end of the month, students nominate classmates whom they believe are outstanding examples of that virtue.  A faculty committee selects 3 of the nominees as Virtue of the Month winners (primary, intermediate, and middle school).  The virtues are:

September - Chastity

  • Luke 6:27-31
  • John 4: 3-42

October - Faith

  • Genesis 6:14-22
  • Genesis 22
  • Matthew 25:14-30

November - Graditude

  • Luke 15:11-32
  • Luke 17:11-19
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18

December -  Joy

  • Matthew 1:18-24
  • Luke 15
  • Acts 8:26-40

January - Courage

  • 1 Samuel 17
  • Acts 27:32-26
  • Psalm 91
  • Daniel 6

February - Honesty

  • Proverbs 10:9
  • 2 Kings 5:19-27
  • Acts 5:1-11

March - Kindness

  • Matthew 6:1-4
  • Luke 10:29-37
  • 2 Samuel 9
  • Mark 10:13-16

April - Respect

  • 1 Samuel 24:1-12
  • 1 Chrinicles 19:1-5
  • Isaia 36:13-37:7

May - Self Control

  • Luke 4:1-13
  • Titus 2:1-12
  • Nehemiah 4