Our Philosophy and Roots

/Our Philosophy and Roots
Our Philosophy and Roots 2017-11-01T09:52:29-05:00

Sharing Peace, Joy and Social Justice

Christ proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” In a world fraught with violence, we are commissioned by Christ to build a world of peace through acts of love and by calling for justice.

To that end, Pius XI Catholic High School is a home away from home that strives to serve our Creator in all that we do.

We impart the value of peace into the hearts and handiwork of all our students.

Our Foundation is Charism

To understand the moral character of our students, it is vital to fully understand the meaning of charism. Charism is a term derived from Greek that means “gift of grace,” given freely by God.

St. Paul proclaimed, “God has given each of us different gifts.” (Romans 12:6) Thus, a charism is a power or gift to be used for the good of others as told by Paul when he states “Charisms are given to build up the Body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:8)

Pius XI Catholic High School’s Faith Formation experience is fortunate to be guided by both Pallottine and Franciscan charisms.

“In the midst of a society, which tends to see everything in terms of relativism, Catholic education seeks to inspire a thirst for wisdom and a desire for truth.”

Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee - Bishop James T. Schuerman

The Pallottine Tradition

Pius XI Catholic High School was founded by the Pallottines, whose charism is to assist all people in finding and living their apostolic vocation in life.

St. Vincent Pallotti believed that all are called to revive faith, rekindle charity, and be apostles.

In this tradition, the Pallottines work side by side with the laity to assist people in living these virtues by founding schools and nurturing students. It is in this nurturing that they can discern their vocation in life and live it with faith, charity, and apostolic zeal.

The Franciscan Tradition

Pius XI Catholic High School has been staffed by the School Sisters of St. Francis since our founding in 1929. Under their faithful leadership, many of our traditions are rooted in the Franciscan charism.

This charism translates into striving to embody the gifts given by God to St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi as they responded to living the Gospel. As a Franciscan school, we are all called to integrate the Gospel values into our daily life.

The gospel values of the Franciscan charism include poverty, humility, contemplation, peacemaking, care of persons, and care of the earth. These are the values we invite members of our school community to explore – both in and outside the classroom.

Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School