"The synthesis between culture and faith is not just a demand of culture, but also of faith... A faith which does not become culture is a faith which has not been fully received, not thoroughly thought through, not faithfully lived out" (Pope St. John Paul II, 1982). Bishop Ryan Catholic School exists for the purpose of educating children for the fullness of life promised by our Lord. This necessarily includes striving to educate them in all that is truly and most perfectly human. The Catholic faith must become culture because the faith must become the ordering principle for the entirety of human life. In sum, Catholic culture is the key to living an integrated Christian life: it includes family life, the arts, the intellectual life, food, festivity, work, sport and leisure. As the old Jesuit motto proclaims, the reality of Catholic culture points to the fact that all might be done "for the greater glory of God"; the greater glory of God necessarily means that man, his image and likeness, becomes the utmost of what he can be. The basic premise of this initiative is built upon the fact that for twelve of the most important and formative years of our childrens' lives, their school is the second most important institutional structure in their lives in terms of time, relationships, and personal formation. Thus, our children require a robustly Catholic school culture if we have any probable hope of them growing up in a way that fosters the fullness of life. The Partner With Parents Initiative exists to create, sustain, and grow authentic Catholic culture through fostering the pursuit of the virtuous life within our school, parishes, and families.
The mission of the Partner With Parents Initiative (PWPI) is to actively build collaborative relationships between the teachers, administrators, parents, and friends of the school community in the pursuit of creating a vibrant virtue based educational culture at Bishop Ryan Catholic School, in our parishes, and above all in our families through opportunities for parent education, resource sharing, networking, and school building events. The more vibrant the culture of the school, the greater the benefit is to our families and students.