Human Dignity

Our Philosophy

At Notre Dame Prep, we believe that all are created in the divine image of God; so we treat each other with Reverence, Respect and Responsibility. We welcome everyone regardless of race, color, creed, gender or socioeconomic status. If you are willing to seek God with an open heart and desire to learn in a Catholic college preparatory environment, we want you here.

The word catholic means universal. So, for us to provide quality education, it is vital that we have people on campus who represent the population of the world as a whole so that we can collaborate, share ideas and make the our universe better. 

We model our campus life after Jesus, who himself, broke down racial barriers between Gentiles, Jews and Samaritans. "For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." (Luke 9: 55-56). Jesus, a Nazarean, also knows first-hand the bitterness of those who have a bias against Him. In John 1:46, Nathaniel condemned Jesus before even meeting Him saying, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"

How lucky we are that our Lord Jesus, both victor and victim, can serve as an example of how to love everyone and how to persevere when faced with the evil of prejudice or discrimination.

In modern society there are many cases where people have subjugated and trivialized the human dignity of others; either out of hatred or out of ignorance. This saddens us greatly, but also introduces teaching moments. The more we are aware of pain or injustice the better equipped we are to stop it. 

Misericordiae is Latin for "mercy" or literally, a heart that is compassionate to the misery of others. The sacred heart of Jesus has mercy for all of us and so we should have love and forgiveness for all humankind.

We strengthen the minds, bodies and souls of all students who enter the Notre Dame community. We oppose hatred and embrace love, because God is the very essence of love. That is what we teach and how we strive to live our lives.

All are welcome at NDP.

NDP Students And Human Dignity

Several of our clubs were created by students who desire to bring people together and to help those in need.

Kids signing up for BRIDGE Club

Bridge Club - Builds a BRIDGE·橋 between countries and cultures, and gives students a voice

Diversity Student Union - Supports scholarship and building a community of students from diverse backgrounds to share experiences and grow in acceptance

Hope Kids Club - Serves and supports kids with life-threatening illnesses

Kino Teens Club - Kino Teens is a group of students who work to raise awareness of the migrant issue going on at the border and beyond, and seeks to promote social justice for them.

Medical Club - Supports medical missions and practices healthcare in underserved areas of the world

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) - Shows Christ's love to children who live in orphanages in Spanish-speaking countries

Saints For Life - Supports human life from conception to natural death

A Letter From Fr. Kurt

June 2020

With all the recent events going on in our society and our nation, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) gives us a beautiful reminder of how we are to treat and view each other troublesome times: 

“Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that “everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as ‘another self" above all, bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity, [finding] in every man a ”neighbor,” a brother.” (CCC 1931). 

That is who we are. We are brothers and sisters to one another. We are to see each other as “another-self” and treat others accordingly. We are made in the image and likeness of God. 

We are absolutely broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged by the death of George Floyd as well as all the other recent deaths that have occurred in this country. If they have revealed anything, it is precisely the urgent call to stand by each of our brothers and sisters and oppose any and every form of social or cultural discrimination based on one’s race, as it is “incompatible with God’s design” (CCC 1935). 

Racism is truly evil and irrational in every way. It is never acceptable. We, imbued by Catholic social teaching and love for Jesus, are called to fight against racism with truth, love, and courage. We, at Notre Dame Prep, are committed to ongoing discussion and actions on ways to make our community more diversified. This year, we worked with the newly established and student-initiated Diversity Student Union to create a four-year scholarship to allow for more racial and financial diversity. We hope to grow this scholarship and invite more students of diverse backgrounds to join and enrich our community. You may support this effort here. 

We would also like to share with you two statements from the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Please read them here: 

http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-84.cfm http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-83.cfm 

Lastly, we would like to share a prayer that you can pray with your families in times of social unrest. It is a prayer for peace and for racial justice for all people in our land, asking God to break open our hearts, open our eyes, and act in defense of those who are being discriminated against based on the color of their skin. See below.

A Prayer For Justice and Equality

  • When our eyes do not see the gravity of this, shake us from our slumber and open our eyes, O Lord.
  • When out of fear, we are scared into inaction, give us a spirit of bravery, O Lord. 
  • When we try our best, but say the wrong things, give us a spirit of humility, O Lord. 
  • When the chaos of this dies down, give us a lasting spirit of solidarity, O Lord. 
  • When it becomes easier to point fingers outward, help us to examine our own hearts, O Lord.

God of truth, in your wisdom, enlighten us.
God of love, in your mercy, forgive us.
God of hope, in your kindness, heal us. Creator of all people, in your generosity, guide us. Racism breaks your heart.
Break my heart for what breaks yours, O Lord.  

Amen.