In the midst of a worldwide public health emergency, the impact of the Basilian model of education becomes even more meaningful.
It is fundamentally rooted in teaching the mind, the body, and the spirit.
“The Basilian motto of Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge does encapsulate teaching the mind, the body, and the spirit, certainly,” says Fr. William May, CSB, who teaches religion at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS).
Addressing each of these components of the human person --- through academic rigour, physical education, and spiritual reflection --- supports the nourishment and development of the whole individual.
“From our beginnings, the Basilian Fathers have been adaptable to any circumstance in which we find ourselves,” continues Fr. May. “Our adaptability is based on Jesus' command to go into all the world --- as it presents itself --- emphasis on ‘all’. It is the whole person who lives in the world, not just the body, not just the spirit, not just the mind.”
The global pandemic continues to mandate extraordinary change on daily life from restricted face-to-face contact, increased isolation through physical distancing, role-changes demanded by new or altered duties, and more.
During this time, it is even more critical to care for the whole person.
The Student Wellness, Athletics, and Spiritual Life staff of educators at SMCS have compiled important resources to support individual students and their families in navigating an extraordinary time.