FGR Earns Another Term on Cardinal Newman Society Honor Roll
Father Gabriel Richard High School has once again been recognized as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School. The national Honor Roll program is directed by The Cardinal Newman Society and has recognized a significant number of high-performing Catholic elementary and secondary schools nationwide since the program’s inception in 2004.
FGR administration and staff engaged in a thorough internal and external review of our comprehensive program offerings before being awarded this status. We have received specific recognition for our strong integration of Catholic identity throughout our efforts, including the integrity of our mission, the strength of our community, and our rich spiritual life. The Honor Roll also recognized the school’s efforts at integral formation of the minds, bodies, and spirits of our students as well as our comprehensive academic program which seeks to instill a Christian vision of the world and human wisdom and culture.
“The Honor Roll is a helpful tool for families and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “It is an external validation that a school is both focused and successful in meeting the high calling of Catholic schools to serve the well-being and salvation of students and to serve the common good.”
Dr. Denise Donohue, coordinator of the Honor Roll, stated, “We are very pleased to have Father Gabriel Richard High School join the nationally recognized ranks of excellence; this is a select group. The school has well demonstrated they are successful in meeting the key principles that guide Catholic education.”
FGR focuses on forming the next generation of Disciples of Christ through our distinctive program of academic excellence, intentional discipleship, creativity, and sportsmanship. Through all these aspects of our program, our students are encouraged to develop their God-given gifts and cultivate a habitual vision of greatness. This vision is one through which all FGR community members – students, faculty, staff, and parents – are encouraged to use their intellect, faith, talents, and athleticism to build up the Body of Christ and make a positive impact throughout their lives.
“It is a great honor for FGR to be recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society, which has a rich history of commitment to advancing Catholic education,” said FGR Principal Christopher Dotson on learning of the designation.
Commenting on that honor, President John M. DeJak said, “The inscription on the tombstone of the great St. John Henry Newman–for whom the Cardinal Newman Society is named–is ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem (“out of fantasms and into the truth”). Not only is that a pithy description of the great saint’s life, it is an appropriate understanding of what a true education is. Plato recognized it, Newman lived it, and our school embraces it; hence our great pride in being recognized by the Newman Society.”
At FGR, we are continually striving to incorporate the rich heritage of our Catholic intellectual tradition into an educational program that prepares students well for successful citizenship here and in heaven.
To view our submission materials for the Catholic Honor Roll, please click here.
More information on the Catholic Education Honor Roll is available at https://newmansociety.org/catholic-ed-honor-roll/catholic-honor-roll-overview/. Finally, please view Principals of Catholic Identity in Education.