Pope Francis stated, "My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life." The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1935) makes clear: “The equality of men rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights that flow from it …" To be Catholic is to see the beauty of all creation made in God’s image.
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School, as a school founded on the principles and values of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary believes and is committed to the following:
- We believe that all persons have inherent dignity and are made in the image and likeness of God.
- We are committed to an inclusive community which promotes respect, loving dialogue, equity, empathy, humility, courage, understanding, and societal awareness, both locally and globally.
- We believe that diversity is a blessing that refers to the myriad of personal experiences, values, perspectives, talents, and world views that arise from differences in culture and circumstance.
- We are committed to creating a diverse learning environment where each student may reflect on their own identity, experiences, talents, and abilities to lead and serve others in a way that is rooted in radical faith, compassion, justice and love.
All members of the St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School community are responsible for advancing an understanding of and a respect for diversity as it includes, but is not limited to ability, age, belief, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity, learning style, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.