Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Our Catholic faith has produced many of the most important scientists including Rene Descartes, Fr. Gregory Mendel, Alexander Fleming, Louis Pasteur, Nicolaus Copernicus and even Blaise Pascal, the creator of the adding machine that is the ancestor of the computer.
Throughout the ages, our Church has been at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation. Accordingly, as Catholic educators we recognize that it is our responsibility to provide our students with the intellectual foundation and skills required to play leading global roles in the development and implementation of science & technology.
Historian, Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., author of the best-selling book "How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. The Catholic Church Builder of Civilization, The Church & Science Ep 1
"…Technoscience, when well directed, can produce important means of improving the quality of human life, from useful domestic appliances to great transportation systems, bridges, buildings and public spaces. It can also produce art and enable men and women immersed in the material world to "leap" into the world of beauty. Who can deny the beauty of an aircraft or a skyscraper? Valuable works of art and music now make use of new technologies. So, in the beauty intended by the one who uses new technical instruments and in the contemplation of such beauty, a quantum leap occurs, resulting in a fulfilment which is uniquely human." Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’
STEM education is vital to the future of our children, our world and the promulgation of our faith. STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences. Technology is developing exponentially and has already irreversibly changed our world and the manner in which we interact with other people. This is most obvious in the applications of the Internet and its impact upon our daily lives.
"The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity," "This is something truly good, a gift from God." Pope Francis in General Audience, January 24th 2014
"…Integrating technology and understanding the digital 'landscape' is new mission territory for the church," "Our task is to understand these resources better and find ways to create what Pope Francis calls 'a culture of encounter' in this digital space." Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications of the Vatican
Engineering is focused on the design of systems and problem solving. STEM careers are professions that build communities and transform nations. STEM professionals are in charge of solving the complex problems of today’s world and its future. They are working to find solutions for global warming, cancer, third world hunger, disappearing habitats, and an interdependent world economy. Undoubtedly, Catholics have a responsibility to be active and prominent in the organizations and professions that are undertaking this work.
"…I would like from the outset to show how faith convictions can offer Christians, and some other believers as well, ample motivation to care for nature and for the most vulnerable of their brothers and sisters. If the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn "realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith" Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’
At Parish Academy, students are advised on the merits of taking as many math and science courses as possible within a balanced curriculum. And these courses are taught by engaged and enthusiastic Catholic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities that execute the scientific method while always reflecting upon and praising the hand of God.
"…when we contemplate with wonder the universe in all its grandeur and beauty, we must praise the whole Trinity"
"It cannot be maintained that empirical science provides a complete explanation of life, the interplay of all creatures and the whole of reality. This would be to breach the limits imposed by its own methodology. If we reason only within the confines of the latter, little room would be left for aesthetic sensibility, poetry, or even reason’s ability to grasp the ultimate meaning and purpose of things" Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’
To facilitate all of these objectives, each Parish Academy incorporates a start-of-the-art STEM Laboratory allowing faculty to incorporate hands-on cross-curricula design and fabrication activities creating a fusion of Faith, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.