Our Mission

The St. Austin School provides a rigorous academic program which prepares our students to excel in secondary schools of the highest caliber. In collaboration with our families, we help form students in Christian virtues and the lifelong practice of the Catholic Faith.

Our Motto

Evangelizare Investigabiles Divitias Christi

The motto of the school is taken from St Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians:

To preach…the unsearchable riches of Christ 
(Ephesians 3:8)

There is a two-fold meaning to this text. Firstly, the teachers of the school wish to bring St Paul’s inspired wisdom to their teaching. The transmission of the Christian faith consists primarily in proclaiming Jesus Christ in order to lead others to faith in Him (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 425 ff).

And secondly, we hope that our children, when they are fully formed, will likewise…burn with the desire to proclaim Christ:

We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard – (Acts 4:20, Catechism, 425 ff).

Who is St. Austin?

St. Augustine of Canterbury painting by Michelle Chronister.

Did you know that “Austin” is the English form of “Augustine”? Our school is named after St. Augustine of Canterbury, a Benedictine monk, who was sent by Pope Gregory the Great in the year 595 to England to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. After converting King Aethelbert and receiving his royal patronage, St. Augustine founded the Abbey of Sts. Peter and Paul in Canterbury. In 1955, the St. Louis Abbey was established by English Benedictine monks who trace their tradition back to the first English saint, St. Augustine. Our school is proudly named after this great Benedictine saint who courageously brought the riches of Christ to the English-speaking world.

Philosophy of Learning

The Rev. Bede Price, OSB, one of the school’s founders, explains the educational philosophy of The St. Austin School.

Our Impact