Our Catholic Heritage
At NAHS, we believe that our Catholic faith is the foundation of and the impetus for all that we do both within and beyond the walls of every classroom. Rooted in the example of the Holy Family, we recognize that while each of us is a unique gift of God, we all share the common task of bringing the love, mercy and justice of God to our community, our country and our world
The Teachings of our Foundress
The Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth is Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Frances Siedliska. In 1875, Frances responded to God's calling to found and established the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She describe her community as one aiming to follow the hidden life of the Holy Family of Nazareth, wherein love reigned in relationships with God and neighbor. Through prayer, community living, and ministry her Sisters witness a family spirit among themselves and are dedicated to the moral religious renewal of family life.
Like our Foundress' teachings, Nazareth Academy High School girls are committed to learning to be tomorrow's leaders through love and the service of others. Having lived the Nazareth experience for four years, our students learn the importance of living a life in dedication to making a difference to those around them.
continuing the Mission of CSFN
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN), are an international Roman Catholic congregation of vowed religious women dedicated to spreading the Kingdom of God’s love, particularly within families. They do this by serving families through active ministry in schools, hospitals, parishes, prisons and social service agencies. With the family perspective influencing all that the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth do, they call for the expression of three essential values from any ministry conducted in their name:
1. Faithful Listening:
A way to claim and celebrate our identity in life and ministry; a way to hear the voices (new and old) within our hearts and within our world as a call to growth and development; a way to let God’s Spirit overshadow us and our ministry for mission.
2. Loving Relationships
“Love” is the very heart of Nazareth, modeled on the relationship among Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Trinity and among Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the Holy Family. The selfless, life-giving love of an infinitely generous God compels us to form loving, compassionate and reverential relationships in our personal and professional lives.
Since the family is the first school of love, we are committed to the strengthening of family life in whatever ways we are able.
3. Recognizing God in the Everyday
We are building God’s reign of love in our world, step by step, moment by moment, here, in this place. The people we encounter are the sons and daughters of God. We must know and understand that. The more we recognize that God is in the daily, the more compassionate and caring we will be. We will act from a transformed consciousness.