As Catholics we profess our belief in God, everything he has revealed through his Word and all the universal teachings of the Church. As a Catholic school, we support this belief and our faith in the truth, by fostering a strong intellectual curiosity among the children. This enables them to know, understand, share and defend their faith.

Pope Benedict XVI recently said that “educational institutions play a crucial role … in a nation’s fundamental aspiration to develop a society truly worthy of the human person’s dignity.”


St. Joseph School is a parochial school of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, faithful to Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to serving children and families by providing a Christ-centered learning environment where children grow in faith, truth and love (Revised 3/7/2016).


Daily Spiritual Life

THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014 - This is St. Joseph Catholic School in Cottleville, Mo. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

  1. We are members of the Catholic Christian Community, which aspires to live together in the manner Jesus taught His disciples. All the members of our school community, “participate in a fraternal communion, nourished by a living relationship with Christ and with the Church.”[Pope John Paul II] St. Joseph School strives to promote a school environment based on these Gospel values. The spirituality of communion is particularly important in today’s Catholic school. Pope John Paul II wrote, “We need to promote a spirituality of communion, making it the guiding principle of education wherever individuals and Christians are formed, wherever ministers of the altar, consecrated persons, and pastoral workers are trained, wherever families and communities are being built up.”[2] The spirituality of communion is a guiding principle for St. Joseph School.
  2. The students participate in daily prayer, weekly school Mass and monthly adoration. St. Joseph School Chapel provides students with a place for prayer and adoration.
  3. The Catholic faith is taught throughout the day and incorporated into the curriculum. Students participate in daily religion classes.

Dominican Sisters

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation came to St. Joseph School in August 2007. Our principal, Sister Ann Hyacinth, and three teaching sisters are part of our parish community and serve at St. Joseph School. The Dominican Sisters are a congregation of religious women dedicated to Christian education, serving in schools in fourteen states and in Australia.

From the website for the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation:

“While every school in which our sisters teach has its own distinctive history and culture, the presence of Dominican religious brings a consistent and unique element to each of our schools. Four particular features mark education in the Dominican tradition:

  1. Spreading the Gospel Message: Preaching
  2. Love of Truth: Study
  3. Formation in Faith: Prayer
  4. United in Mission: Community.

Education in the Dominican Tradition