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What is unique about a Holy Cross education?

Part of the tradition of a Holy Cross education is educating both the hearts and minds. This is just one piece of what makes a Holy Cross education, to learn more about our core values please click for more information.

Faith & Catholicity

Catholicity has always been the cornerstone of Cathedral High School. In 1918, Bishop Joseph Chartrand promoted the creation of an all-male Catholic high school for a city that already boasted three Catholic girls' academies. The word cathedral comes from the Latin "cathedra" which means the Bishop's chair; wherever the chair, there too was the church.

Theology Curriculum

Four years of theology classes are a graduation requirement for all Cathedral students. Courses in Sacred Scripture, Christology, Paschal Mystery, morality, ecclesiology, sacraments, social justice, and ecumenism complete the theology curriculum. The basic tenets of the Catholic faith explained in theology class are frequently inserted into discussions in literature, history, current affairs, and biology.

All students are required to enroll in a religion course each semester:

  • 9th GradeThe Bible: The Living Word of God and Jesus Christ: God's Love Made Visible. Designed to give students appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures as well as knowledge that will help them know Jesus Christ more personally.  They will also explore the traditions of the Congregation of the Holy Cross and explore the core values which are the cornerstone of a Cathedral High School education. 
  • 10th Grade: Your Life in Christ: Foundations of Catholic Morality and Jesus Christ: Source of Our Salvation.  Helps students understand all God has done for us through his son, Jesus Christ. They also learn that it is only through Christ they can fully live out God's plan for their lives. 
  • 11th Grade: The Sacraments: Encounters With Christ. Students come to understand that in and through the church they encounter the living Jesus Christ; that the Church and its sacraments (particularly the Eucharist) are the living body of Christ today. 
  • 12th GradeCatholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society. Introduces students to the Church's social teachings as well as how the Catholic Church relates to nonCatholic Christians and other world religions. 

Retreats / Days of Recollection

Campus ministry organizes Freshman and Sophomore days of recollection, three Junior women's' overnights and two Junior men's overnights, as well an extensive program of six Senior Christian Awakening retreats.  Click here to visit our Campus Ministry section to find out more information on our days of recollection and retreats.

  • Freshman Day of Recollection (held in October) is a day centered on the theme: The Competence to See: The Courage to Act - Living Out the Core Values.  This introduction builds on theology class teachings and explains how the Holy Cross Core Values are an integral part of being a student at Cathedral. This is a mandatory retreat for all freshmen.
  • Sophomore Day of Recollection (held off campus) is focused on the important values in life as they relate to the theme of life's journeys and Opening the Doors to the Core Values. Using the example of the humble beginnings of St. Andre Bessette, sophomores learn that even small acts of kindness can have great impact. This is a mandatory retreat for all sophomores who attend one of two days with their theology class. 
  • Junior Men's Retreats. Junior men have two options. The September retreat is a day long retreat at Butler University while the February retreat is an overnight at CYO camp Rancho Framasa in Bloomington. Students explore issues of relevance to male teens. 
  • Junior Women's Overnight Retreats  (held three times per year at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa in Bloomington) are centered upon the importance of self and relevant topics to the teen girl. 
  • Senior Christian Awakening Retreats (three night retreats held six times per year at Sonrise Retreat Center in Anderson) are an extended experience of Christian community where college-age alumni and adults serve as leaders.

Christian Service Program & Service Outreach

It is our vision as a Catholic school in the Holy Cross tradition, to be a model for all high schools as we profoundly shape the way students think, serve and lead. Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, said it best: "We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens of heaven."
Cathedral's Christian Service program is a graduation requirement and is based on the gospel imperative of Matthew 25 requiring service to the poor and vulnerable. Each student works with one service agency a year, ministering directly to people with the greatest needs. Upon graduation, each student will have humanitarian service experiences totaling a minimum 70 hours.  The program also involves completion of an reflection essay/project coordinated through the student's theology class, enhancing the service experience. To find out more about our service outreach program click here.

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