Mater Ecclesiae Academy is a classical educational service for homeschool families. Founded by homeschool parents in fulfillment of our sacred duty as the primary educators of our children, we are faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
In the spirit of faithful stewardship of the treasures of Catholic tradition, we found Mater Ecclesiae Academy out of love for our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. Through his Incarnation, the Lord Jesus has united Himself to every child, to whom He ever continues to reveal Himself by His Word in all its various forms: God’s glory revealed in creation; the image and likeness of God imprinted upon every human person; the working of the Holy Spirit; Sacred Scripture; Sacred Tradition; and most especially Himself as the eternal Logos, the first and the last, through Whom all things were made and in Whom all things hold together. Recognizing this Word, therefore, as the basis of all reality (cf. Verbum Domini 10), we entrust our children to its transformative power to prepare them to know and engage the world, thus empowering them to in turn transform the world as leaven from within. We emphasize the dignity of the human person, above all, in its spiritual dimension.
We pursue a classical Catholic educational model as we believe it is that which best orders the student’s education toward God. This model aspires to the student’s learning of the knowledge, skills, and virtues necessary to distinguish and pursue what is truly good in the various arenas of the student’s life. As this model also aims toward the student’s acquisition of intellectual, moral, physical, and theological virtue, the student’s education is made to work toward the betterment of the whole individual. When students are thus prepared to distinguish what is truly good, and formed in the traits needed to courageously pursue it, they are empowered to live out that “freedom of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). Having been cultivated through a classical Catholic education to proficiently perceive and pursue goodness, truth, and beauty, the individual’s mind becomes “good soil” in which our Lord may implant his word in such a manner that the student “hears and understands” it and so “truly bears fruit” in the family, the Church, and the world (Matthew 13:23).
Under the protection of Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae), and heeding the examples of holiness and excellence in teaching of such Doctors of the Church as St. Teresa of Avila and St. Thomas Aquinas, we exist as an extension of and cooperative with families to fulfill “the specific purpose of Catholic Education in the formation of children who will be good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor, enriching the society with the leaven of the gospel and who will also be citizens of the world to come, thus fulfilling their destiny to become saints” (Gravissimus Educationis, 28).