Pillars of Regina Caeli

Gaudium (Joy)

RCA fosters the joy all children can experience in learning.

Education is, in the Catholic vision, an atmosphere of wonder, a habit of virtue, and the joy of discovery. The entire goal and summit of the Catholic classical education is the profound intimacy with and knowledge of God that our children will enjoy in heaven. That eternal wonder, however, begins here on earth. Regina Caeli Academy seeks to encourage and foster that natural joy all children experience both in learning and in encounters with God.

Pax (Peace)

RCA promotes peace in the home by supporting homeschool families.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together as one!” (Psalm 133:1) Peace in the world begins in the family. Regina Caeli Academy seeks to promote peace in the home by supporting homeschool families. As the inevitable struggles and frustrations arise from the vocation to homeschool, the RCA community exists to help with resources, community, and prayers.

Virtus (Courage)

In community, families find the moral courage to be “in the world, but not of the world.”

In community, we find the moral courage to be “in the world, but not of the world.” In a culture that has rapidly lost sight of God, Regina Caeli Academy families come together to form a “little society” of men, women, and children all committed to helping each other raise saints. The purpose of a Regina Caeli Academy resource center is both academic excellence and to promote courage to, in the words of St. Pope John Paul II, “become who we were created to be.” We do not lose courage when we know that we are never alone.

Bonitas (Kindness)

RCA classes exemplify St. John Bosco’s “reason, piety, and kindness.”

Regina Caeli Academy classrooms and events are run with St. John Bosco’s “Preventative Method” of discipline, which is founded “entirely upon reason, piety, and kindness” (St. John Bosco). We seek a true rapport between adults and students of all ages. This kindly supervision helps train the students in kindness towards all others and discourages favoritism. Correction is done in a spirit of kindness with reconciliation always being the end goal.

Sophia (Wisdom)

“All learning begins in wonder and aims at wisdom” (Laura Berquist)

Regina Caeli Academy seeks to foster true wisdom in all of its families through a rigorous classical education, the practice of the Faith, and community. Wisdom is an experiential knowledge, not something that can be gained simply from reading a book, but from experiencing the world. In this way then, if wisdom is our aim, then classical education never ends!

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:13)

Fidelitas (Fidelity)

RCA promotes fidelity by providing accountability and training.

All staff at RCA take an Oath of Fidelity to the Catholic Church: “I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church whether in the words I speak or in the way I act….”

Regina Caeli also fosters an increase in fidelity by providing families with accountability, training in the classical method, and a communal fidelity to the teachings of the Gospel. In turn, families remain faithful to their commitment to the RCA community for a complete academic year, a fidelity confirmed by a signed contract.

Prudentia (Prudence)

Children learn to discern the true, good, and beautiful.

“Trueness-to-being of memory, open-mindedness, clear-sighted objectivity in unexpected circumstances: these are the qualities of mind of the prudent man.” (Josef Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues)

Because prudence requires experience, which young children lack, the presence of experienced, prudent adults is crucial for their academic and spiritual formation. At Regina Caeli Academy, children are surrounded primarily by their own parents but also by other adults pursuing holiness and growth in wisdom. The curriculum itself grew out of the life experience of Laura Berquist and fidelity to it help children gain prudence: “Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it.” 
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Temperantia (Self-Control)

The “liberal arts” form adults who enjoy an uncorrupted love of God.

“Temperance moderates the attraction of the pleasures of the senses and provides balance in the use of created goods.” (CCC #1838) At Regina Caeli Academy, we seek to form the children in temperance and self-control so that they will be truly free adults. The goal of a “liberal arts education” is a man who is free-- to pursue the good, the true, and the beautiful. Classical education gives the student to tools he needs to become a life-long learner. One of these tools is temperance, so that he is not enslaved by his passions and temptations, but free to do what is right.

“To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one's heart, with all one's soul and with all one's efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (through fortitude). It obeys only God (this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence).” (St. Augustine, De Moribus Eccl.)


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