The Impact of Catholic School on Bishop Amat Students

Bishop Amat senior Thomas Shue has came from a well acquainted religious background before attending Catholic school.

That means attending mass on a monthly basis, praying more than once a day, and taking religious classes is nothing new to his educational life.

On the other hand , senior Jazmine Ramirez previously attended a public school where there was very little focus on individuals religions and faith.

There was a little more adjustment for her when she made the decision to attend Bishop Amat, she was getting in tune with all the things her classmate Thomas was very familiar with.

Bishop Amat is a diverse community filled with students from all different types of backgrounds. While some are products of religious educations and are well-versed in in the religious lifestyle, some of the Amat family come from a background with little faith and knowledge of Catholicism.

“When religion is put into it you take school a lot more seriously,” Ramierez said.

When attending a private Catholic school students tend to take school more seriously because they feel they have way more responsibilities.

Whether it be their duty or calling to God or their incessant need to keep their 4.0, either way it is a more disciplined and competitive environment. 

“I was never serious about it until I came to this school (Bishop Amat),” Ramierez said. 

Since attending Bishop Amat Jazmine has participated in many different religious activities and groups, including Faith in Action since junior year.

“With Faith in Action I have learned more about God and religion,” Diaz said. 

Senior and first year Faith in Action student Jacky Diaz, feels that the transition from a public middle school to a Catholic high school has definitely helped her grow religiously. 

Being in a group like Faith in Action you are required to participate in religious activities and gatherings like retreats and special events like, Catholic Schools Week. 

Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States in which schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, communities, and nation.

“It’s seven hours a day everyday,” Shue said. 

When attending a Catholic school like Bishop Amat you are constantly talking about religion or your faith no matter what.

It does not matter if you are in religion or science class, at some point it will be the topic of conversation. 

“Morally I feel like I’m more set than if I had gone to a public school,”  Shue said. 

When you are committed to something that your life revolves around like Catholicism, you set certain standards and morals for yourself. 

You try to be the best version of yourself that you can be, and it doesn’t matter what background you come from as long as you are willing to have an open heart and mind.