St. Rita of Cascia High School offers young men a well-rounded college preparatory high school experience based on the Augustinian philosophy of educating body, mind and spirit. St. Rita ensures that Augustinian values permeate every facet of campus life, offering opportunities to foster spiritual growth and promote a strong Catholic identity. The Director of Augustinian Mission collaborates with the Augustinians Friars, the Office of Student Life & Ministry, the Theology Department and school administration in providing programs and experiences that will advance Catholic-Christian and Augustinian identity. This formation includes sacramental preparation, vocation awareness and discernment, Christian service and missions, and the Augustinian Values Institutes.


Theology Department

St. Rita requires eight semesters of theology in accordance with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ plan. Working with the Theology Department, the Office of Student Life & Ministry ensures that the Augustinian philosophy and charism informs every course in the theology curriculum.


Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry nourishes the development of Catholic religious faith and practice and promotes liturgical life on campus through daily communal prayer, weekly St. Rita novenas, all-school Masses and reconciliation services. Our students minister as lectors, altar servers, choir members, liturgical musicians and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion. Each class participates in an annual retreat, and seniors take part in the four-day Kairos retreat experience. We offer peer ministry programs and support the dedicated and faith-filled Knights of Augustine service fraternity.


Sacramental Preparation

St. Rita welcomes students of all faiths. Those who desire to receive the sacraments of initiation into the Catholic faith – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation – have the opportunity to do so with their peers in an age-appropriate program at the school.


Vocations

St. Rita offers programs and resources to facilitate spiritual growth among students, parents, faculty and staff and to encourage students to find their God-given vocation. Special attention is given to nourishing and encouraging vocations to the priesthood, religious life and lay ministry in the Church.


Christian Service and Mission

St. Rita offers numerous Christian service opportunities to assist students in discovering ways to serve the underprivileged locally and around the world. These experiences are formed by Catholic social thought and tradition, and St. Augustine’s call to grow in love of God and neighbor as a community of learners. The school assists students in living their faith, appreciating diversity and engaging in social justice. Ritamen commit themselves to Christian service during the school year and service trips are offered for interested students.

Our weekly mission collections raise more than $8,000 annually for Augustinian Missions in Peru and local causes.


Augustinian Values Institutes

The Augustinian Values Institutes were established to teach the spiritual and educational philosophy of St. Augustine.

These annual forums bring together students, parents, faculty, staff and board members from Augustinian schools around the world to deepen their knowledge of the Augustinian core values of Veritas, Unitas and Caritas (Truth, Unity and Love). Participants are then challenged to incorporate these core values into their local school community.