About Our School

School Philosophy

  • We will become the centre for Catholic Education in northwest Oakville through the enhancement of faith and community development with our associate schools;
  • We will educate the whole person by offering challenging academic programs which respond to the changing needs of our community and reflect our strong Catholic faith;
  • We will develop a stronger school spirit and sustain it with a welcoming and faith-centered community atmosphere.

Who is Loyola?

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Loyola, Saint Ignatius of (Spanish Inigo de Oñez y Loyola) (1491-1556), sometimes erroneously called Íñigo López de Recalde, Spanish ecclesiastic, who founded the Society of Jesus, the Order of the Jesuits. Loyola was born at his family’s ancestral castle in Guipúzcoa and as a youth served as a page at the court of Ferdinand V, king of Castile. He later entered military service under Antonio Manrique de Lara, duke of Najera, and was seriously wounded in 1521 at the siege of Pampeluna (now Pamplona). While recovering, he read a book of lives of the saints, with the result that he resolved to devote himself to a spiritual life.

In 1522 Loyola retired to a cave near Manresa, near Catalonia, and lived and prayed in great austerity for ten months, after which he undertook a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. After his return to Spain in 1524, Loyola began his education, entering a grammar school in Barcelona. He studied at the universities of Alcalá de Henares and Salamanca in 1526-27, and in 1528 he matriculated at the University of Paris. There, in 1534, he formed the pious fraternity that later developed into the Society of Jesus. in 1537 members of the fraternity proceeded to Rome, where they received the oral approval of Pope Paul III, who gave official confirmation to the order in 1540.

The following year Loyola was elected first general of the order. in addition to administering the affairs of the rapidly growing order, he devoted his time to writing the Constitutions of the Order,completed after his death, July 31, 1556, and never essentially modified, and to the completion of his Spiritual Exercises. The Spiritual Exercises were formulated by Loyola during his retirement at Manresa, using as a model Exercises for the Spiritual Life (1500) by the Spanish abbot Garcia de Cisneros. the work is essentially a manual for meditation on the meaning of life and on the development of a way of life.

The meditations are divided into four periods or weeks: the first dealing with the reformation of a person affected by sin; the second, with the conformation of the reformed person to the model of Christ; the third, with the strengthening of the person so conformed through appreciation of the passion and death of Christ; and the fourth, with the transformation of the whole person in identification with the risen and triumphant Savior honoring God the Father. the Spiritual Exercises form the model for most Roman Catholic missions and retreats. Loyola was canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. He is venerated as the patron of retreats; his feast is celebrated in July

“Loyola, Saint Ignatius of,” Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 96 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1995 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (c) Funk & Wagnalls Corporation. All rights reserved.

Religious Accomodations

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to the values of freedom of religion and freedom from discriminatory or harassing behaviours based on religion and will take all reasonable steps to provide religious accommodations within the legal rights afforded to the Catholic school system.

Students requesting religious accommodations must present written notice from their parents/guardians specifying their accommodation needs relating to religious observances, including holy days on which they will be absent from school. This notice should be made in advance (preferably at the beginning of each school year) to ensure that scheduling of major evaluations, such as tests, assignments or examinations, takes the religious observances into consideration.

For further information regarding Religious Accommodations, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal of the school, or refer to “Religious Accommodation Requests” on our board website: www.hcdsb.org

Here is the letter to request Religious Accomodations: Religious Accommodations Request – Parental Letter

De Franco, RobAbout Our School