Virtues in Practice — Aquinas College - Nashville, Tennessee
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Virtues in Practice

The Catholic school’s task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith, and a synthesis of faith and life: the first is reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge through the subjects taught, in the light of the Gospel; the second is the growth of the virtues characteristic of the Christian.” (Congregation for Catholic Education, The Catholic School 37)

Virtues in Practice is a program for children in grades pre-kindergarten through eight to grow closer to Jesus by imitating His life and virtues. It is set up in such a way that a whole school studies the same virtue each month, to provide a whole-school (and at home, whole-family) focus. The program covers 27 virtues over a three-year cycle, with 81 saints held up as models of the virtues.

You may download the components of the Virtues in Practice program free of charge.

For more information, please follow the Frequently Asked Questions link below.  You may also fill out a request form for a Dominican Sister to come give a faculty in-service on how to best adopt this program: In-Service Request.

Program Overview

Teacher/Parent Guide

NEW  Teacher/Parent Guide in Spanish

Year I: Year of Faith
FAITH PK-K Workbook
FAITH Gr. 1-2 Workbook
FAITH Gr. 3-5 Workbook
FAITH Gr. 6-8 Workbook

Year II: Year of Hope
HOPE Gr. PK-K Workbook
HOPE Gr. 1-2 Workbook
HOPE Gr. 3-5 Workbook
HOPE Gr. 6-8 Workbook

Year III: Year of Charity
CHARITY Gr. 1-2 Workbook
CHARITY Gr. 3-5 Workbook
CHARITY Gr. 6-8 Workbook

Additional Saint Resources:

  • Saint Joseph Resource Created for the Year of St. Joseph, this booklet provides prayers, artwork, scripture, reflections, and activities that can be adapted for a class’s study of this important saint.
  • Black History Month Resource Highlighting the role of African American Catholics in the United States, this resource aims to aid teachers and catechists in planning activities and/or content.
  • Saints Posters Created in 2020 to help schools celebrate All Saints Day throughout the entire month of November, this resource contains posters about many of the saints studied in the Virtues in Practice Program.

In-service Workshop Opportunities

Aquinas College and the Dominican Sisters provide workshops to help you implement the Virtues in Practice Program in your school. We invite you to schedule an in-service day for your faculty or parent groups throughout the year.

Aquinas College welcomes all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin who desire to be part of the faith-based mission of the College to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College. It does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, or national origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs.

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