The mission of Saint Dominic’s Academy is to provide a comprehensive education for our children in body, mind and spirit, based on the precepts and teachings of the Catholic Church and established in accordance with all of the applicable regulations of Pennsylvania. While working in cooperation with families, our program implements the teaching and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, providing an environment that stimulates the child’s natural curiosity and prepares him/her to become an independent, self-reliant and compassionate human being.
Montessori education strives to lead the child through beauty to truth and goodness. This fulfills the call to action by Pope Francis and is our goal.
“Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus. This has nothing to do with fostering an aesthetic relativism which would downplay the inseparable bond between truth, goodness and beauty, but rather a renewed esteem for beauty as a means of touching the human heart and enabling the truth and goodness of the Risen Christ to radiate within it. If, as Saint Augustine says, we love only that which is beautiful, the incarnate Son, as the revelation of infinite beauty, is supremely lovable and draws us to himself with bonds of love. So a formation in the via pulchritudinis ought to be part of our effort to pass on the faith.” Pope Francis, 2015 (Source: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2722/Pope-Francis-Makes-First-Major-Statements-on-Catholic-Education.aspx#sthash.dOQ0Opx7.dpuf
Our mission is accomplished through the cooperative efforts of parents, our teaching staff, and the board of directors.
Board of Directors:
Kathleen Bateman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Shepstone, Vice President
Marian Menapace, Secretary
Terri Parrish, Treasurer
Ex Officio Board Member
Dr. Mary Ford, St. Tikhon’s Seminary
Claire Harvey, St. John’s, Honesdale
Pat Mulcare, St. Mary’s, Waymart
Marian Menapace, St. Thomas More, Lake Ariel
Pastoral Advisory Board
Fr. Richard Beck, Pastor, Queen of Peace, Hawley
Fr. William Langan, Pastor, St. John’s Parish, Honesdale and Chaplain of Third Order of Dominicans of NEPA
Fr. Steven Stavoy, Pastor, St. Thomas More Parish, Lake Ariel