Totino-Grace

Ministry

The foundation of the Totino-Grace educational experience is our core values of learning, faith, service and community.  Our mission is centered on the message of Jesus Christ and animated through the tradition of our Founders.  

Totino-Grace shares in the teaching mission of the Catholic Church by promoting academic excellence in pursuit of wisdom.  As a Lasallian school following the educational philosophy and spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle, we promote excellence in teaching, offer a rigorous curriculum, and challenge and support students of diverse academic abilities. We are committed to social justice and are guided by a preferential option for the poor.

Hallmarks of a Totino-Grace education are its exemplary teaching and scholastic rigor, its community of faith, its concern for the poor, and its care and nurturing of each student. Our students' experience today is referred to as Lasallian education, and is shared in over 56 Catholic high schools across the United States, as well as in 82 countries around the world.

Catholic Lasallian History and Heritage

Our Catholic Identity

Totino-Grace is an educational ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and shares in the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. As such, the school is dedicated to the religious formation and instruction, academic preparation, and cultural development of young people. Totino-Grace invites and challenges students to make his or her faith living, conscious and active, preparing them for leadership in the Church and the world.

Realizing that parents and guardians are the primary educators, Totino-Grace - through its administrators, teachers, staff, coaches and moderators - works diligently with parents and guardians to help our youth grow in their faith.

We are a community of faith and zeal

  • Guided by the life and Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Emphasizing the inalienable dignity of each person
  • Fostering a love for wisdom and truth through the tradition and teaching of the Catholic Church
  • Striving to develop authentic personal relationships through trust and mutual respect 

We are a community of prayer and worship

  • Gathering regularly for the celebration of the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation
  • Praying together each day as a school, in classes, and as teams and clubs
  • Providing opportunities for frequent practice of traditional Catholic devotions

We are a community of service

  • Living our commitment to service and the common good
  • Providing opportunities for students to assume leadership for strengthening and nurturing their faith
  • Exercising a preferential option for the poor

Our Lasallian and SSND Traditions

Totino-Grace High School is an Archdiocesan Roman Catholic educational community where students are loved, instructed, and guided according to the traditions of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND). We draw inspiration from the charisms of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Founder of the Brothers and Patron of Teachers, and Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, Foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

As a Lasallian high school:

  • We educate in the Holy Presence of God, striving for excellence by instilling Gospel values in all we do and by inspiring academic and spiritual growth.
  • We believe that teachers and staff stand in a providential and grace-filled relationship with students. Totino-Grace students benefit from the witness of a caring, concerned, and dedicated faculty, administration and staff.
  • We are committed to create and sustain respectful human relationships in community. Within such a setting, Totino-Grace seeks to challenge its students to serve others, especially the poor, and to deepen a sense of responsibility in the world community.
  • We seek to serve and embrace students with varied academic needs and diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds and do so in partnership with families and all those who are committed to living the Lasallian mission.

As a school in the tradition of the School Sisters of Notre Dame:

  • We strive for educational excellence.
  • We instill in students a sense of responsibility for the world, especially the needs of women, youth, and the marginalized.
  • We commit ourselves to the work of unity.
  • We embody an openness to radical transformation.
  • We respond to issues of justice, peace, and integrity of creation.
  • We pledge to work for systemic change.

Our Founders

St. John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719) is the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He was born into a wealthy family in Rheims, France and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rheims in 1678. De La Salle became aware of the fact that the children of the poor and artisans had no access to education. In 1689, he founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools teaching community to give a Christian education to the youth of the poor and the working class. De La Salle had great love for Holy Scripture, a great sense of always being in the presence of God, a deep sense of prayer along with a spirit of faith and zeal. Today, they are found in 85 countries around the world and working in all aspects of education. Pope Leo XIII declared De La Salle as a saint in 1900. His feast is celebrated on May 15. De La Salle is the Patron Saint of Teachers and is regarded as the father of modern pedagogy. He is respected as the innovator of many teaching techniques that are still in use today.

"To touch the hearts of your students with the Christian spirit is the greatest miracle you can perform."

Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger (1797 - 1879) is the Foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Bavaria in 1833. Blessed Theresa was motivated by a desire to provide an education for poor girls and young women. She trained her sisters to empower women to be a success in the world while growing closer to God. In 1847, the School Sisters of Notre Dame came to the United States and have continued to minister to the needs of women and the poor. Today, the Schools Sisters of Notre Dame minister in 31 countries. Pope John Paul II declared Theresa Gerhardinger as Blessed in 1985. Her memorial is celebrated on May 9, and the cause for her canonization continues.

"Love is the sign through which the world should be convinced that we believe in Jesus."