Catholic Identity

Hill-Murray School is Catholic Benedictine 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.

Through these cornerstones, our students use their gifts and talents to give glory to God and serve their neighbor. We cultivate our faith community by presenting the teachings of the Catholic faith, encouraging students to deepen their relationship with God, and encouraging a spirit of service.

We are rooted in the traditions of our the founders of our school: the Benedictine Sisters, guided by the Rule of St. Benedict, and the Christian Brothers, founded by St. John Baptist De La Salle. These traditions are expressed through our charisms (spiritual gifts) of faith, leadership, service and community.


This charism incorporates prayer, faith formation and healthy spirituality. Our faith is absolutely vital to what we bring to the community and the world.

Hill-Murray produces leaders that are ready to engage with the world and make substantive, positive change as they move into their adult roles.

Hill-Murray distinguishes itself as a school proud of its history of service to the community. Our expectation is that students will be “the hands and feet of Jesus,” serving the community in numerous ways each year, and our students are actively involved in service and social justice.

At Hill-Murray, we aim to embrace everybody here, and everybody out there, because we know we are here to reflect the love of Christ.

  • 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