We have been engaged in the teaching apostolate since the very beginnings of the Congregation. When we came to the United States in 1874 the first apostolate was the establishment of a grade school and a girl’s high school for day and resident students in the small mill town of Sprague, Connecticut where the Motherhouse is located.
The philosophy of education that we embrace is one that involves the recognition of youth as the future of the Church and of our nation, students who need to be formed spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically in order to be effective witnesses of Christ to others. We regard the education of the whole child, spirit, mind and body, as a most worthy and necessary endeavor. We spend ourselves in the service of God’s little ones with the aim of preparing these students to be effective members of this world and the world to come.
Today, some one hundred thirty-seven plus years since first coming to America, the elementary school and the high school still exist and continue to be staffed by us. In addition there are four other Catholic schools in Connecticut where we minister to the young in the elementary and high school grades. All of our Sisters in the teaching apostolate have their Masters Degrees or are working toward a Masters in some aspect of education and/or administration. Qualified to do the work of God in this apostolate, we joyfully dedicate ourselves to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
“We have no time to lose because today is shaping tomorrow and our most precious heritage is our youth and – you know the promise: “Those who instruct others unto justice will shine as stars for all eternity.” (Dan 12:3) ~ Mother Marie Alma, Foundress
The Academy of the Holy Family is a Catholic day and boarding high school for American and international young women. Through a challenging curriculum built on a supportive spiritual foundation, we empower our students to achieve their full God-given potential to impact their world.