Spirituality and values
We believe that in every person there is a spiritual part that translates into the search for authentic meaning and values. This is why solidarity, attentiveness and community are at the heart of our pastoral activities.
The Marie-Thérèse Boarding School was a catholic school founded in 1903 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation created by Father Jean-Pierre Médaille, a Jesuit priest, in France in 1650. Now secular and renamed Institut International de Lancy (IIL), our school is a member of the St. Joseph of Lyon school network.
From this membership stems IIL’s pastoral project, which makes it a place of proclamation of the Gospel for all. This project calls for building daily life from relationships based on humanistic and evangelical values. It places our school at the heart of local realities, in solidarity with the world and the Church.
We believe that in each person there is a spiritual part that translates into the search for meaning and the desire to have relationships based on authentic values.
We encourage these values through:
- The ways in which we live our relationships
- Catechism classes
- Training courses of a humanistic nature
- Preparation for the sacraments
- Solidarity actions
- A support service for the IIL community
As IIL is a school of Catholic origin living the spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph, its pastoral project includes several religious and humanitarian activities for students who wish to take part.
An initiation and permanent education in the faith allow for spiritual questioning, a path of discovery and deepening of the Christian faith. We structure this into a certain number of proposals according to age:
For Early Years classes: awakening to the ecumenical faith.
For years 1 and 2: awakening to the Christian faith and culture.
For years 3 through 6: weekly catechism.
From years 7 through 13: catechism (Path to faith) every fortnight.
Baptism, First Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation. Father Gabriel and the Pastoral Team carry out this preparation in conjunction with the parish of Notre-Dame des Grâces.
Back to school, Christmas, Lent, Easter and end of year celebrations are moments prepared by the pastoral team with the children and youths as an opportunity for the community to come together in prayer.
(Way of Life workshop) for Years 7 through 13, focus on major existential questions. It aims to provide points of reference for positive self-building.
Celebrated on 19 of March, Saint Joseph’s Day is an opportunity for the entire IIL community – students, teachers, staff – to come together around a theme and activities that encourage meeting, sharing and exchange.
Bowl of rice, solidarity actions, testimonials, etc.