Because of her experience and training with the sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in York, England, Mary Aikenhead chose Ignatian spirituality for her congregation. This spirituality of is a way of expressing the values and teachings of Jesus Christ. At the heart of Ignatian spirituality are the Spiritual Practices of St Ignatius of Loyola. They call us:
- to seek and find God in all things
- to be a contemplative, even in the midst of activity
- to a love that leads to total surrender
Pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes are growing to be:
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
Each half term the focus changes. The Profile also provides a thematic focus for Collective Worship and SMVSC over a specified length of time. Whilst all of the aspects of the profile are being touched upon the school can really emphasise and experience a particular pair of virtues throughout a half term.