The Augustinians are an order of Catholic educators with a rich heritage of traditions and experience.
Their history reaches back to an illustrious founder, St. Augustine, whose profound mind formulated and gave written expression to the very foundations of Catholic thought and culture. St.Augustine was born in the fourth century and devoted his life to the monastic ideal of nurturing and spreading Christ’s way of life.
- For fifteen centuries the Augustinians have patterned their lives after St. Augustine. Great saints, scholars, educators, and missionaries represent a glorious pageant of Augustinian triumphs through the centuries. These are the legacy of the men who teach you at St. Rita High School.
- A famous scholar of our day characterized St. Augustine as “the greatest modern man.” He meant that, after fifteen centuries, St. Augustine’s thought is modern. In St. Augustine’s voluminous works one finds an astonishing clarity of thought upon the vexing problems of the present. Ancient in wisdom, yet up-to-date in its application – this likewise is a keynote of the Augustinian system of education.
An Augustinian Educator is equipped to give you a thoroughly modern education.
- The preparation of an Augustinian for a teaching career, therefore, combines the deep wisdom of the ages with the modern specialized training in curriculum and method. He/she does not attempt merely to qualify you as a high school graduate, but pre-eminently to nurture within you a plan of life and answers to its riddles.
- Complementing the Augustinian priests and brothers is a dedicated corps of lay people. Some of these people have been with us for over 25 years. Through their long-standing stay and experience, they are an integral part of St. Rita High School.
Augustinians of the Midwest
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The Augustinian Order of priests and brothers was founded in 1256 to serve the needs of God’s people in growing urban areas. From the beginning, the Augustinians have been involved in education. Some of the first universities in the world were staffed by members of the Order of Saint Augustine (O.S.A.). The Augustinians have continued the tradition of education by founding schools in all of their mission territories. The first schools in the United States were the efforts of the Irish missionaries who arrived in the United States shortly after the American Revolution. The core values of an Augustinian education are Truth, Unity, and Love. In all that we do, one will find these principles at work.