Mission and Values

Our Mission

We educate young women holistically to learn, lead, and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat.

Our Heritage

Magnificat High School, a girls' Catholic, college-preparatory high school, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, calls young women to live Mary’s Magnificat in the world. 

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  • The Magnificat Prayer

    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
    my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
    for you have looked with favor
    on your lowly servant.

    From this day all generations will call
    me blessed: The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is your name.

    You have mercy on those who fear you
    in every generation.

    You have shown the strength of your arm,
    you have scattered the proud in their conceit.

    You have cast down the mighty from their thrones, and have lifted up the lowly.

    You have filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich you have sent away empty.

    You have come to the help of your servant Israel for you have remembered
    your promise of mercy, the promise you
    made to our ancestors, to Abraham and Sarah and their children forever.

Our Core Values

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  • Lifelong Learning

    2 Corinthians exhorts us to excel in everything from attaining knowledge to extending love for all. We manifest eagerness for new knowledge and enthusiasm for learning. Connected to our global world, we continue our explorations beyond the classroom and hone skills that transfer across disciplines. (Cf. 2Cor. 8:7)
  • Collaboration

    Scripture encourages working together so that the grace of God will not be given in vain. Staff and students share information, talents, and resources with one another graciously and e caciously. Our collaboration values the good of the whole. Collaboration corresponds to our nature to learn things through relationship. (Cf. Titus 3:2; 2Cor. 6:1)
  • Compassion

    Imitating Jesus whose heart was so often moved with compassion for the crowds, we let our hearts be touched by both the joys and sorrows of others. Compassion helps us to identify with others, to stand in their shoes, and to see them as God sees them and to avoid prejudices and pre-judgments. Our compassion extends to the poor and vulnerable beyond the walls of Magnificat as we care effectively for others in solidarity with all. (Cf. Luke 6:34 and John)
  • Respect

    Recognizing the image of Christ in others, staff and students strive to respect the dignity of each person. All relationships encompass respectful modes of communication and manifest respect for self, others, creation and God. Reverence embraces the whole person: body, soul, mind and emotions. Each person is sensitively aware of the effects of words and actions on others. (Cf. Matthew 25:40)
  • Commitment

    Each person is faithful to responsibilities and can be counted on to keep promises and fulfill duties. We persevere through challenges and see things through to completion. Our dedication inspires us to contribute extra effort as needed. (Cf. Proverbs 16:3)
  • Faith-filled Life

    Our faith motivates and guides all we do. Reflecting on God’s word, we imitate Mary as a faithful disciple throughout her life and strive to live her Magnificat in the world with joy and gratitude as well as a sense of justice. (Cf. e Annunciation)

Catholic Identity

As a Catholic school founded by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Catholic faith and identity is foundational to Magnificat's academic, co-curricular, and spiritual programming. That faith calls us to be a community that is welcoming to students and families of all faith traditions in addition to those who may not practice any faith tradition. Regardless of faith background, all Magnificat students are encouraged to explore and deepen their own understanding and practices of faith and spirituality throughout their four years at Magnificat.

With Mary as the model of a strong woman and faithful disciple, speaking truth about the realities of her world in her Magnificat song of praise, students grow into models for others.

Spiritual Resources

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  • Mission Reflection

    The Joy of Our Hope*
    by Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM

    We have perhaps read inspiring, mood-lifting, even life-encouraging reflections about hope in times of struggle, agony, and anguish. It is Easter that gives us profound hope in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection. Now we are called to move into the Easter season’s joy.

    What is the relationship of joy and hope?
    What is the relationship of joy and hope and the month of May?

    There are many feasts in the May liturgical calendar that can be an occasion of transporting us to joy.

    On May 1, we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph, model of fidelity. Each of us treasures the fidelity of a friend or spouse or generous relative or inspiring teacher or dedicated religious.  What a great gift: to be able to count on someone through thick and thin. And what a call: to be a person of fidelity, faithfulness, and joyful witness to the good news of the gospel.

    On May 16 this year, we celebrate the Ascension. How can Jesus leaving earthly existence be an occasion of joy? In the Easter season of 40 days there are scripture readings about Jesus’ appearances after the resurrection, all startling good news: in the upper room, on the road to Emmaus, at the seashore. Even if we are doubters, like Thomas, there is a most encouraging experience of Christ to contemplate: Christ with his “glorified” wounds, at once the reminder of the reality of the outpouring of love through the agony on the Cross AND the confirmation of resurrection to new life. We see Christ advising where to cast nets, cooking fish on the shore, ministering, serving, counseling for the spiritual, vocational, and ministerial growth of faithful disciples—and us, too.

    We can imagine Mary in these 40 days moved in her entire being with resurrection joy as she draws water at the well—Jesus is with me, as she bakes bread—Jesus is with me, as she gathers in the upper room* for prayer and the breaking of the bread with the other disciples, the early Christians—Jesus is with us.

    Perhaps make that a mantra throughout your day, throughout this month: Jesus, you are with me in all moments, in all experiences, in all challenges, in all encounters.

    On May 23, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost fulfilling Christ’s promise never to leave us: I will not leave you orphans. How encouraging to receive the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, courage, prayerfulness, awe and wonder. Commune with Spirit-Sophia who will teach you all things.

    On May 30, we celebrate the unfathomable mystery of the Triune God. A Doctor of the Church has expressed this Trinitarian concept in searing images:

    A Brightness—A Flaring Forth—Fire

    The mystical insight of St. Hildegard of Bingen.

    Knowing the Trinity happens deep inside our hearts in our prayerful openness to God’s revelations from within us. After all, Jesus did not leave this life until he imparted the Spirit who would teach us ALL THINGS!

    We encounter the Trinity in all that has flowed forth from Trinitarian actions: the creation of ALL THAT IS. We learn of the Trinity in the wonders of the natural world burgeoning in the springtime of May. If the Creator speaks in the Language of Trees, then contemplating trees and any other created reality should be a source of joy.

    Read the pages, God is speaking
    Creator speaks in languages of trees
    Hear the singing of divinity
    The flowers sing of beauty.***

    “The world IS charged with the grandeur of God.”****

    And we surely learn of the Trinitarian life through encounters with other people, other Christs, women and men icons of Christ.

    HOPE: our trust in Jesus who has promised never to leave us
    JOY: our communing with the Trinitarian life deep within us

    Ultimately, God is our Life, our Sweetness, and our Hope.
    God is the Source of Our Joy.


    *Title of one of the choral pieces in Linda Chase’s Oratorio on Laudato Sí
    **Pope St. John Paul II’s Encyclical “Dominum and Vivificantem” reflects on four scenes in the Upper Room: https://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/dominum-et-vivificantem
    ***Linda J. Chase https://soundcloud.com/lchase-1/creator-speaks-in-languages-of-trees
    **** Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ. Emphasis added.
  • Circle of Prayer

  • Daily Prayer

  • Prayers in the Time of COVID

    Cast all your cares, anxieties, and worries
    on the Lord
    because God cares for you.
    Today, dear Lord,
    I cast all my cares on you.
    Please manifest your care for me.
    *1Peter 5:17
    The Lord is with us.
    The Lord is with me.
    My Rock. My Refuge.
    My Shepherd. My Friend.
    I trust in you.
    I can do all things through Christ 
    who strengthens me. 

    Loving Savior, 
    heal my fears and weaknesses.
    Make me strong in body, mind, and spirit.
    Energize me with your grace
    so that I can live this day
    confident in the strength
    of your abiding presence.
    *Phil. 4:13
    Jesus, you promised us
    that our faith can move mountains, 
    that we can do even greater things than you.
    Deepen my faith 
    with the sure and certain hope
    that gives me courage to act.
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
    Consider singing some familiar hymns
    or reflecting on the words 
    even without the music.
    The rhythm of the words 
    may contribute a soothing effect 
    for the moment or day.
    Lord Jesus,
    I will praise you through hymns.
    (Prompt from M.L.)
    Dearest Risen Lord,
    Constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery
    within us.
    You know that our lives will have patterns 
    in some form of your death and resurrection, 
    of dying and rising.
    Show us the way through all these experiences.
    Lead us to you through all.
    *Collect for Fifth Sunday of Easter
    Jesus has said “I have chosen you.”
    As we rejoice in this gift, 
    let us follow Jesus 
    by loving even the seemingly 
    ungrateful, unlovable, unforgiving 
    or unforgivable. (Even them?)
    All are Christ’s;
    All are in Christ along with us.
    Jesus, may I love with your gospel love:
    all-welcoming, all-inclusive, all-embracing.
    Experiences of loss in life are inevitable.
    This reality is part of our bond as human beings.
    Yet we retain the freedom and power 
    to express our human spirit in dignity 
    and to lift others with kindness.
    Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
    You were so gentle as to be described as
    careful not to crush even a broken reed.
    Make me an instrument of your gentleness
    and peacefulness.
    May I be your compassion.
    Send forth your Spirit 
    and we shall be re-created 
    and you will renew the face of the earth.
    Renew all the world 
    and everyone within our world.
    Holy Spirit, 
    Teach us all things.
    Bind us together
    in the Communion of Saints.
    Heal all in need of healing
    in body, mind, or spirit.
    Holy Spirit in whom 
    I live and move and have my being.
    gather me up into your very Being.
    Holy Spirit, Advocate, 
    may we sense your presence deep within us
    praying for all we need.
    Give us the gift of Prayerfulness.
    Let us be mindful of you throughout our day.
    We lift our hearts in praise and thanksgiving, 
    in petition and appeal for forgiveness, 
    confident in your boundless mercy.
    Let us also simply contemplate you wordlessly
    so that, attending to you in silence, 
    we will open ourselves completely 
    to your gifts of revelation.
    Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life,
    give us the gift of Awe and Wonder.
    May we humbly marvel 
    at all facets of your creation 
    of the cosmos, of Earth, 
    of our human selves 
    with our deep spiritual capacity.
    You astound us with your Presence.
    Fill us with your love.
    Spirit, who reads our hearts,
    give us the gift of Understanding
    reveal the meanings of scripture to us.
    Guide us in discovering the Word 
    and its meaning for the world before the text,
    our situation and our world here and now.
    I will spend time with you and scripture passages
    in order to know your mind and heart for us now.
    Give me the gift of Courage.
    Yes, be comforter, but also 
    cheer, encourage, persuade, 
    exhort, stir up, urge me forward,
    spur me on.*
    To act passionately for your cause:
    The reconciliation of all peoples of the world,
    The social and economic equity and justice
    For everyone.
    Help me to find ways to work for your kingdom 
    with courage and integrity.
    *Father Michael Hymes
    In Sister Mary Ann Hinsdale
    In Catholic Women Preach, May 17, 2020
  • Additional Faith-Based Resources for COVID-19

    A book of prayers from the Vatican for the Church in Communion.
    "This book is intended to be a little help offered to all, so as to know how to discern and experience God’s closeness and tenderness in pain, in suffering, in solitude and in fear. Of course, faith does not eliminate pain; ecclesial communion does not eliminate anguish. Rather, it does illuminate reality and reveal that it is pervaded by the love and hope based not on our abilities, but on the One Who is faithful and never abandons us."

    USCCB COVID-19: A Prayer for Solidarity

    For all who have contracted coronavirus,
         We pray for care and healing.
    For those who are particularly vulnerable,
         We pray for safety and protection.
    For all who experience fear or anxiety,
         We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
    For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
         We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
    For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
         We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
    For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
         We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
    For our brothers and sisters around the world,
         We pray for shared solidarity.
    For public officials and decision-makers,
         We pray for wisdom and guidance.
    Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
         Grant peace.
         Grant comfort.
         Grant healing.
         Be with us, Lord.
    O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey
    as a sign of salvation and hope.
    We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
    At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
    with steadfast faith.
    You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
    We are certain that you will provide, so that,
    as you did at Cana of Galilee,
    joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

    Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
    to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
    and to do what Jesus tells us:
    He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
    and bore our sorrows to bring us 
    through the Cross,
    to the joy of the Resurrection.
    We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
    Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us
    from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
    Pope Francis' Prayer, Urbi et Orbi Address 
    "Dear brothers and sisters, 
    from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, 
    I would like this evening to entrust all of you 
    to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
    Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea.
    From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, 
    may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. 
    Lord, may you bless the world, 
    give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts.
    You ask us not to be afraid. 
    Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. 
    But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. 
    Tell us again “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5). 
    And we, together with Peter, 
    'cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us' (cf. 1 Pet 5:7).

    Pope Francis' Prayer to St. Joseph
    “Protect, O Holy Guardian, this our nation.
    Enlighten those responsible 
    for the common good, so that they might know—like you do—
    how to care for those entrusted to their responsibility.
    Grant intelligence of knowledge 
    to those seeking adequate means 
    for the health and physical well-being 
    of their brothers and sisters.
    Sustain those who are spending themselves for those in need,
    even at the cost of their own safety: volunteers, nurses, doctors 
    who are on the front lines in curing the sick.
    Bless, O St. Joseph, the Church: 
    beginning with her ministers, 
    make her the sign and instrument 
    of your light and your goodness.
    Accompany, O St. Joseph, our families: 
    with your prayerful silence, 
    create harmony between parents 
    and their children, 
    in a special way with the youngest.
    Preserve the elderly from loneliness: 
    grant that no one might be left in desperation
    from abandonment and discouragement.
    Comfort those who are the most frail,
    encourage those who falter, 
    intercede for the poor.
    With the Virgin Mother, beg the Lord to liberate the world
    from every form of pandemic.
Magnificat High School, a girls' Catholic college-preparatory high school, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, educates young women holistically to learn, lead, and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat.