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Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Bishop Lynch

Last school year, the faculty and staff at Bishop Lynch completed a review of how the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) should influence our curriculum design and assessment strategies. This review was prompted by the Bishop Lynch Strategic Plan and provided a key reminder for all of us in the school community that the CIT is the lens through which we look for the planning and execution of all teaching and learning at BL. This approach can be contrasted with any number of secular or non-religious frameworks for understanding the purpose and content of learning in a Catholic high school.

The CIT, consistent with the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, provides the background and roadmap for teaching and learning at BL.

One helpful resource for understanding the core principles of the CIT can be found in the 2017 document The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University published by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. This organization offers the following principles:
  • Commitment to Universal Truth
  • Faith and Reason
  • Integral Relationship to the Catholic Church
  • Hospitality and Tradition
  • Sacramental Vision
  • Power of Beauty
  • Appreciation of Creation
  • Dignity of the Human Person
  • Innovation for the Common Good
These nine principles thoughtfully provide the intellectual framework for understanding the CIT at Bishop Lynch. Any one of these principles by itself could provide the opportunity for great depth of thought and reflection, not to mention all of them taken as a whole. Their interconnectedness enhances their ability to form the human mind and heart in a way that is wholly unique to Catholic education.

The CIT is not an impractical framework for understanding teaching and learning, nor is it irrelevant for engaging with the world around us. It is not merely “edu-speak.” These ideas mean something important. They form the way we think and learn. They also influence the way that we respond to situations around us, whether or not we realize it. These principles serve as the source of energy that informs the mission of Bishop Lynch High School.


Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963