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School Year 2019-20: The Year of Courage

Seton Catholic Preparatory instills in its students the charisms, or spiritual gifts, set forth by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton of COURAGE, DETERMINATION, FAITH and LOVE. Each school year, we focus on a single charism, integrating it in all we do, from our Seton Speakers Series to Christian service and retreats. This way, the freshman through senior year Seton experience explores all of the charisms. These spiritual gifts are what set our students apart and guide them to not only become leaders, but to inspire others.

When an individual embraces our founding charisms, these traits will help guide their decisions and actions throughout life. When these four charisms are interwoven with the knowledge gained from a Seton education, there is no stopping the potential for our graduates in what they can achieve.


The quality of having a “firmness of purpose.” The student who exemplifies determination has witnessed to a decision on a Christ-like course of action, regardless of the difficulty, distraction, discouragement, or resistance that might have been encountered.


The “virtue of bravery in facing difficulties, especially in overcoming the fear of consequences in doing good.” The student who exemplifies moral courage has witnessed to pursuing a Christian moral course, regardless of the possibility of incurring disapproval, contempt or even public shame.


“The assent of the mind to what God has revealed” and living up to what we profess. The student who exemplifies faith has witnessed to a Catholic sacramental life of prayer and ministry at school, at the parish, and in public.


“The selfless love of another for that person’s own sake.” The student who exemplifies love has witnessed to a genuine Christ-like love for others. This love is more sacrificial in nature, going way beyond simply being nice or pleasant, to instead acting for the well-being of others without regard for self-benefit.