Core Values: A personal commitment

The Christian character is defined by the cardinal and theological virtues. As faculty, students, and staff of St. Francis DeSales High School, we are excited to embrace the call to virtue and the pursuit of moral living. In our work and play we make commitments to the genuine expression of the virtues we teach in our classrooms each day.

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Faith:  Faith is a gift from God. It is both a gift and a response. As expressed in our daily liturgies, study of Sacred Scriptures, love for our fellow man, and Christ-like actions, students reflect a faith that only grows more profound and meaningful over time.

Hope: Hope is the basis for inspiration. Hope is energized by the experience of prayer we share as a liturgical community. Christian hope guides us to find happiness in ourselves and each other.
Love: Love is the first gift of God. We love because God first loved us. We strive for unconditional acceptance with each of God’s children as we come together.

Prudence: It is the ability to govern oneself by making moral choices simply because they are right. We insist upon doing the right things, with honor and love, even when it is difficult.

Justice: Justice involves considering the needs of others as much as we consider our own. St. Francis was unfailing in his gentle strength, in standing up for what is right and just, and in living the faith.

Fortitude (Courage): To understand fortitude is to know that God is our strength. Fortitude produces unimaginable triumph and the realization that with God all things are indeed possible. In the pursuit of knowledge, in the mastery of new skills, or in our co-curricular programs, our students persevere and meet each challenge with resolve and determination.

Temperance: Temperance is the virtue that involves self-control and moderation in all things: feelings, thoughts, and actions. It enables us to find restraint in our dealings and patience in our reactions. Temperance leads to acceptance and open-mindedness.



Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: “The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him.”

- St Francis de Sales