The Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools (XBSS) is a network of Roman Catholic secondary schools sharing a common mission and a similar governance structure. Most of the XBSS trace their origin directly to the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier (Xaverian Brothers) and its mission of evangelization through the ministry of education. The XBSS currently includes thirteen schools, over 13,000 students, 1,000 faculty, staff and administrators and 300 trustees. St. X is the oldest and largest of all 13 schools in the network.
Over the past 30 years, several documents have been developed to define the mission statement, vision, calls, goals and criteria of our Xaverian Schools. These have included the five Spiritual Values that St. X has embraced – simplicity, humility, compassion, zeal, and trust - as well as clarification about what our schools, students, and teachers are called to be as a Xaverian Catholic School. It has always been, and remains, important to ensure that the Fundamental Principles of the Xaverian Brothers was incorporated throughout. However, the time came for the documents that had been developed by XBSS to find a new language for the schools today.
A committee was formed to create a better understanding of living the charism. Cathy Reynolds, Director for Mission and Identity at Saint Xavier High School, was selected to served on the panel. The document, “Partners in Mission, Understanding the Xaverian Way,” was created over a two year period, which included members of all thirteen Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools, with upwards of 50 subcommittee meetings, and extensive writing and rewriting. The document will help Xaverian schools become united to a solidarity of mission that promotes further growth in the Network. Final printing was complete this August, 2020.
Mrs. Reynolds shared her thoughts. "Upon reflection, I have found being part of this experience to be one of the most rewarding of all projects that I have been a part of in the XBSS Network. The opportunity for collaboration with colleagues from around the United States gave me new perspectives and a new awareness of our mission. Working on this document has inspired me to find new ways to celebrate what we are doing that is mission driven, and to embrace our history and heritage and build upon the foundation given to us by the Xaverian Brothers. As schools begin to reflect on this document, it is my hope that each of our schools, with their unique identity, will find a renewed commitment to the Xaverian mission in the life of the Church."
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