Hill-Murray School is a thriving institution with a clear and focused purpose. We are first and foremost, a Benedictine Catholic high school and fundamental to our mission are three cornerstones: We are a strong catechetical community, we are an institution of academic excellence, and we strive for excellence in cocurricular programming so that our students may use their gifts and talents to give glory to God and service to their neighbor. We intentionally cultivate a faith community, presenting the teachings of the Catholic faith in their fullness, teaching students to pray, both as individuals and at liturgy and cultivating a spirit of service and outreach to others.
We are rooted in the traditions of our school’s founders the Benedictine Sisters guided by the Rule of St. Benedict and the Christian Brothers founded by St. John Baptist De La Salle as expressed through our charisms of faith, leadership, service and community.
A faith-ﬁlled community
This charism incorporated such themes as prayer, formation and healthy spirituality. Several people responded with the idea that the faith element of our institution is absolutely vital to what we bring to the community and the world.
This was a theme common among all respondents. Hill-Murray produces leaders that are ready to engage with the world and make substantive, positive change as they move into their adult roles.
This was one more aspect of who we are that simply could not be ignored as it appeared time and again in the surveys and conversations. Hill-Murray distinguishes itself as a school proud of it's history of service to the community. We have several students actively involved in service and social justice and the life-changing aspect of service opportunities was a strong theme in the responses.
An Inclusive Community
This charism represented our most difﬁcult conversation as about half the board members leaned toward the word “hospitality”. The reason we landed on “inclusive” was that the word “hospitality” seemed to imply a focus on only the guests in our building. As one committee member so eloquently put it, “we aim to embrace everybody here, and everybody out there, because we KNOW who we are…” Thus we arrived at inclusive.
Our Catholic Identy is expressed through a wide variety of opportunities designed to help every student grow in his/her spiritual identity:
- Academic religion courses that explore the creed, sacraments, Christian ethics, and prayer as expressed in The Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the spirit of The Documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council
- Campus Ministry that provides a school-wide vision of ministry and pastoral care that embraces the dignity of each person
- All-school and grade-level Masses throughout the school year
- Catholic, ecumenical and inter-faith prayer services
- Religious identity orientation days the first week of school to broaden and deepen our community’s expression of our spiritual identity and celebrate the dignity of all
- Annual grade-level retreats
- Student leadership development through our Peer Ministry Program
- A school-wide commitment to teaching and living the principles of Catholic social teachings
- High School graduation standards that require our students participate in meaningful community service experiences each year they attend Hill-Murray
- Monthly school-sponsored opportunities to get involved in service
- Summer mission/immersion trips: in northern Minnesota to be in solidarity with Native American communities and traveling to Kentucky to be in solidarity with the people of Appalachia
- A service award program that honors and celebrates our many students who demonstrate an excellent commitment to living the Catholic social teachings
What, dear friends, is more delightful than this voice of the Lord calling to us?
~ Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue 19