Mater Christi Classical Academy began as a group of Catholic homeschooling families who were drawn together by the desire to educate our children through a classical approach. Today, Mater Christi is a hybrid homeschooling initiative to assist parents in their sacred duty and privilege to educate their children in the Truths of our Catholic faith, offering a classical education that sews faith as the golden thread through all subjects and disciplines taught.
The families that comprise Mater Christi live a wholesome lifestyle, practicing their faith and keeping in commune with nature, enjoying the great outdoors, gardening, farming, and hiking, for example. To honor Our Lady and to build and nurture a sense of family and community, we offer monthly evening gatherings around a bonfire with prayer, food, and music. Mater Christi’s discipline model is that of St. John Bosco, which employs a “preventative method” – where authority figures are not disengaged disciplinarians but loving mentors, always thoroughly engaged with the students in order to create authentic and viable relationships for true learning and growth in virtue. The tutors and teachers at Mater Christi are chosen carefully in order to serve as excellent role models for the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of each student, building up young people of excellence and good habits.
“EGREDIAMUR IN AGRUM”
Just as the Magi were guided by the Star of Bethlehem to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Mater Christi Classical Academy is guided to the Truth by the unchanging Doctrine and Dogma of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. We maintain steadfast fidelity to the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church as we pass on the Deposit of Faith to our students and their families. Our end is to colonize the City of God by the means of an authentic liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic Tradition.
Our efforts are best conveyed by the analogy of agriculture. We ourselves participate in this cultivation of virtues as we nurture our students’ inner landscape in preparation for the seeds of Truth to be sown by the Sower. Our labor is done by the tools known as the liberal arts of grammar, logic and rhetoric towards ends that are true, good and beautiful, and drawn from the excellent content of the perennial classics arising out of the rich intellectual and moral lands where
Athens and Jerusalem meet.
Mater Christi Classical Academy intends to form the whole human person by the attainment of the moral, intellectual and physical virtues cultivated by the liturgy, academics, exercise and the fine arts in a wholesome atmosphere free from the distractions of the world. We heartily recognize parents as primary educators and commit to our task as assistants in the endeavor of our ultimate aim, which is nothing less than the imitation of Christ in communion with the saints.
Mater Christ Classical Academy’s crest or coat of arms encapsulates the mission and educational endeavors of the school. Drawing from the traditions of the Church and the highest of philosophical and intellectual ideals, this crest uses colors and symbols which relate directly to God’s providence, will, and manifest reality, our Holy Mother’s guidance, and the seven liberal arts, which lay the foundation for our knowledge of creation.
- The Color Blue: A Marian color pointing us to The Mother of Christ, Mater Christi, blue represents Mary’s protective mantle, traditionally blue and signifying the heavens, heavenly grace, and the Kingdom of God. The living waters and the saving waters of Baptism are too recalled by the color blue.
- The Color White: Typifying innocence and purity, joy and glory, the color white is the symbol of light; our saving grace is in the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.
- The Color Green: The color of living things, green symbolizes life and verdure and the hope of life eternal, and signifies the bounty of God’s created world into which we wish to go, contemplating in wonder and walking in His ways.
- The Color Gold: This color is typically reserved for Christ and symbolizes divinity, in particular God’s uncreated, eternal light and His heavenly kingdom.
- Monstrance: This vessel, intended for the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, signifies the pinnacle of our faith: The sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, for our salvation on the cross and repeated in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We are fed by Him, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, present wholly in the Holy Eucharist, our sacred nourishment. The monstrance is also a symbol of our patron, St. Thomas Aquinas.
- Seven Stars: Signifying primarily the seven Liberal Arts, as in The Trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and The Quadrivium (arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy), the seven stars also represent many significant sevens: days of creation, sacraments, gifts of the Holy Spirit, and virtues.
- Crescent Moon: A symbol of Mary, who reflects the light of her Son (the Sun), the crescent moon ever reminds us of the great mediator we have in the Mother of God and her special place in God’s created universe as its Queen. She appears with the moon under her foot in Revelation (12:1-2) resounding her glory and victory over time and space.
- Star of Bethlehem: The penultimate guiding light of the heavens, the Star of Bethlehem appears miraculously to guide the Magi to Our Lord, who is born in lowly estate to Mary and Joseph and laid in a manger in a cave in Bethlehem. They honor Him with gifts fitting for the King of Kings and demonstrate both the immediacy and universality of Christ’s New Covenant, which reaches beyond the chosen people to the bring salvation to the whole world. The star reminds us to look to the heavens, where God has placed beacons to light our hearts, to lead our souls, and to help us navigate our way – ever back to Him.
- Motto – Egrediamur in Agrum: According to legend, these are the final words of St. Thomas Aquinas, and so tie our endeavors fittingly to him, our special patron. The words originate in the Canticle of Canticles, also known as the Song of Solomon or the Song of Songs. This Canticle captures the essential experience of man as a beloved creature of God and as a creature who loves. This line, egrediamur in agrum, “Let us go forth into the field…” hearkens us to the longing man has for knowing – his world, his fellows, his mind, heart, and soul. It calls us to the virtuous pursuit and mastery of knowledge of God’s created order. It is the beckoning of the lover to his beloved to go out with him to discover the beauty and bounty of the world. In the highest sense, the experience of the lover and beloved, as of a husband and wife, for example, or of God and His creation, is echoed in the life of the school. Herein we take on the monumental task of teaching and learning from the masters who call us with their words and works, with true friends who love wisdom, about all that is worth knowing ultimately – the true, good, beautiful things of God’s created universe – in proper order and for the highest end of the good life here on earth and eternal joy with our Maker in the next. “Come…let us go forth into the field…” and discover the Truth, by Christ’s Holy Cross, by Mother Mary’s dolorous way, by the beauties of art, music, literature, and the grand measures of the sciences, by philosophical thought and by the reason with which we are endowed by God. Let us live in wonder and undertake to discover by the toil, breakthrough, heartache, and delight that is known only to mankind in the natural world and especially when his pursuit is worthy.