Bringing Our Mission to Life
The four pillars of human and spiritual development are represented by the symbols within our school seal. These symbols both capture what has long been familiar to friends of OLMC, and represent the fullness of the mission being accomplished on a daily basis at the school.
Traditionally in religious art, the circular shape reflects the truth of eternity, without beginning or end, the goal for which we are created and toward which we freely and willingly direct our lives in cooperation with God’s will for each of us. The goal of a Catholic education is to fully develop the capacities of intellect and will, in order to fulfill the mission entrusted to each of us in this world, through the use of all of our God-given talents and gifts, and finally, to be saints in the world that is to come.
Each of the four symbols within the circle represents one of the four pillars of human and spiritual development, derived from the time-tested teaching of the spiritual masters, and specifically in accord with the charism of the Dominican Order, which guides the life of our school. The four pillars are Prayer, Study, Community, and Service.
Portrait of an Our Lady of Mount Carmel Graduate
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School stands firm upon the pillars of prayer, study, community, and service. As a school in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Our Lady of Mount Carmel students are educated in faith and knowledge according to the Consensus Curriculum in the core subjects: Religion, Math, Grammar, Literature, History, Science, and Foreign Language. In addition to their academic formation, we seek to aid our students in the growth of their sacramental life and the development of the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
Our students are formed to know themselves as God made them and exhibit self-confidence in choosing the good; in so doing, they positively influence their peers. Our students have opportunities to actively participate in leadership formation and understand how to engage in civic responsibilities.
Our students are dedicated to pursuing the truth as they cultivate their minds to learn through study. They have opportunities to think deeply, discerning and reasoning as they seek wisdom. They use knowledge gained through study to make informed decisions. And, our graduates are able to explore God’s creation and wonder and delight in mystery.
Our students are committed to seeing Christ in their neighbor, are attentive to opportunities, and willing to reach out to help those in need, even when this involves making a gift of themselves through personal sacrifice.
Our students nourish their relationship with Jesus through prayer. They learn in times of prayer and through the witness of the saints and faithful educators that they are called to holiness. And, through encouragement and discipline in practicing virtues, they begin to exhibit the qualities of a disciple of Jesus.