Regina High School is a Catholic School founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis. The Franciscan Order is the largest religious order in the Catholic Church, and Franciscan institutions like Regina follow the traditions and spirituality started by St. Francis of Assisi over 800 years ago.
St. Francis is the saint who is often portrayed by artists as being surrounded by birds and other animals. You will see many statues of him here at Regina. You will see other Franciscan symbols here, such as the San Damiano crucifix, the Tau, and the crossed arms of Jesus and St. Francis.
The transformation or conversion of St. Francis took several years, but eventually, through prayer, reading the Scripture, and celebrating the sacraments, he developed a very close, personal relationship with Jesus that led him, his friend St. Clare, and the first Franciscans to begin a Catholic religious movement that attracted thousands of others to a life based on virtues that are summarized in the Franciscan Core Values of Regina High School. These include:
- Reverence for each person—Just as Francis embraced a leper as a brother in Christ, so we see Christ in all people and believe in and respect the unique dignity of every person.
- Community—Just as Francis formed a group of men and women that eventually grew to be the largest religious order in the Church, so we foster an affirming community of trust and love.
- Service—Just as Francis devoted his life to serving the poor, so we joyfully serve one another, society, and the Church.
- Peace and Justice—Just as Francis began a worldwide movement based on the Gospel values of Jesus, we promote a society in which all can realize their full potential and achieve the common good.
- Stewardship—Just as Francis experienced and loved the presence of God in nature, so we care for and respect all of God’s creations and wisely use all of the earth’s resources.
In addition to these core values, the way Franciscans understand God and relate to Him is summarized in the following steps of Franciscan spirituality:
- God is absolute love, being, and creativity. Creation is dependent upon God to exist.
- God has freely chosen incarnation (taking on human form) even before the human choice for sin. Because of this,
- Christmas is of primary importance to us.
- Christ is the perfect image of who God is for creation.
- Every creature is unique, gifted and living in relationship.
- Nothing humans have the ability to do has the capacity to make God do something.
- Mercy, forgiveness and justification are God’s actions.
At Regina, you will learn more about these steps in your Theology classes, and you will reflect on them as you complete your Christian Community Service.
Our goal at Regina is to help young women grow into a woman of faith and vision in the Franciscan tradition. Becoming a saint did not change Francis’ true personality. He remained the cheerful, generous, person God intended him to be. The difference was that, after his conversion everything Francis did was not for himself, but for God and neighbor. God does not expect you to be another St. Francis or St. Clare, but he expects you to be yourself—your best self—and our job at Regina is to help each of you become the best you you can be. Franciscans greet each other with the Latin words “Pax et bonum”—meaning peace and all good be with you.