by Elizabeth Howard ’24 (Seton House) and Antonio Centenera ’23 (Loyola House)
Noah Webster, the creator of the Webster dictionary and a strong proponent of universal education, once remarked, “To give children a good education in manners, arts, and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable.” This notion of fusing academics and faith is the foundational belief for Trinity High School. Trinity allows students to dive into their spiritual journey, while also pursuing success through education. Trinity has a wonderful way of blending faith and education to give students the best opportunities in life and prepare them for a bright future that is rooted in Catholic principles.
Many students feel apprehensive about transitioning from middle school to high school. High school culture can seem so different and the expectations can be daunting, however, students quickly find that Trinity gives them the tools they need to accomplish anything they can put their minds to. Students can delve into extracurricular interests, leadership opportunities, and spiritual activities that provide learning and growth. Junior Antonio Centenera from Loyola House, has taken advantage of Trinity’s deep spiritual roots and actively participated in shaping his school community. He is most known throughout the school by helping plan prayer services as a ministry coordinator, starting a student group that prays the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day after school, and founding a club that brings Trinity musicians to local nursing homes. These are just a few examples of how Trinity teaches students to grow closer to God, to other people, and the community.
Trinity helps enrich students’ faith in school through spiritual retreats. Every year Trinity has spiritual retreats for each grade level. Spiritual retreats allow students to step back from the distractions and worries of everyday life and focus on deepening their faith in the Lord. Last year, even with all the difficulties of COVID-19, Trinity prioritized the importance of deepening students’ relationship with God and sponsored a school-wide retreat. This year, as Trinity slowly returns to normal school traditions, the freshman class had an in-school retreat where they bonded with their peers and grew together, kicking off their new spiritual journey. This year the sophomores went to the National Shrine of St. John Neumann in November and the juniors will be going to the Grotto at Mount St. Mary’s and the National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton. Even through the pandemic, Trinity has worked to offer the Kairos retreat to our seniors as a way to grow in their spirituality as they prepare for their future beyond high school. Regardless of where their retreats may take them, they allow students the opportunity to seek God’s grace and help them attain spiritual renewal.
Trinity offers students leadership opportunities, high academic standards, and extracurricular offerings. While those are impressive, they are not the main attributes that make Trinity stand out. Trinity’s uniqueness lies in combining high academic rigor with deep faith formation. Trinity’s strength and value lie in its core mission to take care of students’ minds, bodies and souls.