Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools seek to inspire lives of learning, faith and service.
A teacher reaches out to a student as they meet in the hall, and then takes the time to listen as the student shares a story from a recent service project, his plans for college, thoughts about a book he is reading.
The years a student spends at a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School will be marked by many things – challenging academics, rewarding opportunities for service, lifelong friendships, the lively camaraderie of athletics, shared celebrations that strengthen faith.
A small moment between a teacher and a student may pass unnoticed in the course of a busy school day, but it could be the turning point that shapes the person this student will become.
Such moments are essential to a Xaverian education. They are the building blocks of enduring relationships with the power to inspire a lifetime of learning, service and faith. They are at the heart of who we are.
Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools are rooted in the rich traditions of Roman Catholic Education. Our mission is to foster the moral and spiritual development of young people. We prepare students not only for success in college and in life – but also for meaningful lives in the service of God.
The history of the Congregation of Saint Francis Xavier has shaped the unique character of Xaverian education today. Overcoming adversity, recognizing our own limitations as individuals and the power of enduring relationships, the Xaverian Congregation lives its motto, “in harmony, small things grow.”
The congregation of lay religious brothers was founded in Bruges, Belgium, in 1839 by Theodore James Ryken. The firs Xaverian Brothers in America arrived at Louisville, Kentucky in 1864. There, they taught in parish schools, and in 1864, established the first Xaverian secondary school in America, beginning a long and distinguished history of Xaverian education that would quickly expand in the United States and complement the congregation’s work throughout the word.
At the heart of a Xaverian education is our commitment to the full development of each person. We begin with the understanding that each student arrives with a unique set of talents and preferences. Academic offerings and the teaching/learning process are structured both to build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to allow students to explore areas of study that engage and excite their individual interests. The Xaverian focus on building enduring relationships allows us to foster outstanding achievement in students with a broad range of abilities.
A true sense of community and responsibility for other infuses every aspect of life in a Xaverian school. Every member of the community has something important to contribute to the school’s mission and work. And just as each person must be an active member of the school community, the school itself has an important role to play in the larger world. A Xaverian education helps students develop the attitudes and values essential for a life of Christian service and social consciousness.
Most of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools trace their origin directly to the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier (Xaverian Brothers) and its mission of evangelization through the ministry of education. Other XBSS schools have come to embrace the Xaverian governance model and mission after a history of association with other religious congregations or dioceses. Each school, however, has its own particular identity, history and tradition and incarnates its mission in unique ways.
The 13 schools currently include over 13,000 students and their families, 1,000 faculty, staff and administrators and 300 trustees.
The XBSS Sponsorship Office provides services to the schools operating out of a sense of Gospel mission that is reflected in the mission of the Church and of the Xaverian Brothers. The XBSS Office exercises a strategic perspective by providing collaborative, flexible and futuristic planning, which preserves, protects and enhances the Xaverian educational tradition while addressing the evolving needs of the sponsored schools. To learn more, visit www.xbss.org.
Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools – In Harmony, Small Things Grow
A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.