Malvern attempts to weave together all the expressions of faith that make the school community a uniquely Judeao-Christian-Catholic-Augustinian center of learning. Fostering the integration of the School’s academic curriculum, campus ministry, spiritual renewal and Christian Service programs, our aim is to construct a setting where every person can learn his/her unique role in the formation of God’s Kingdom.
Our purpose is accomplished in through prayer and liturgy, opening prayer, theological study, Augustinian spirituality, spiritual Renewal and our the Christian Service Program.
Prayer and Liturgy
The Augustinian friars, in collaboration with the laity, provide the Malvern community with a sustaining liturgical-prayer life. The following are the main structures of our life at Malvern:
? Daily Mass is celebrated at 7:30 AM. All are invited to attend.
? Each school day and individual class sessions begin with prayer.
? The Eucharist is offered and received daily.
? A weekly Morning Prayer in the campus chapel is celebrated with the school community.
? Frequent Eucharistic liturgies are celebrated for teams, groups, classes and families, as well as for special festive occasions, feasts and seasons within the liturgical school year.
? The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated, especially during the Advent and Lenten seasons.
? Private-centering prayer opportunities are always available in the chapel before the Holy Eucharist.
? An opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is provided monthly.
It is the tradition at Malvern to open each class session with a prayer. The following prayer is commonly used and is suggested, although any appropriate prayer may be used.
“Direct we beseech you, O Lord, all our actions by Your holy inspiration and carry them on by Your gracious assistance so that every prayer and work of ours may begin with You and by You be happily ended, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.”
The formal theology courses of both the Upper and the Middle schools are designed to present the Judeao-Christian-Catholic-Augustinian faith traditions to our students, and to aid them in assimilating theological conclusions and convictions into their general academic, social and personal lives.
Based on the Rule of St. Augustine, we at Malvern, attempt to live our lives “with one mind and one heart intent upon God.”
From our holy founder Augustine we learn that we each are called to an on-going conversion. On all levels then, we offer renewal for our students through days of recollection that culminate in our unique senior M.E.C.O. retreat weekend. Faculty, administrators and staff also dedicate a day to renewal. Beyond retreats, our Faith Development team coordinates seasonal adult-education gatherings for on-going formation. Friars, too, are always available for spiritual direction and pastoral counseling.
Christian Service Program
In addition to classroom work, all students are required to participate in the Christian Service program. Christian Service is a concrete way to put faith into practice. Our Statement of Core Values directs that “members of the Malvern community will respond to a call of service.” All Malvern Prep students are required to reflect the message of Christ and to live our mission as an Augustinian Catholic school through their service to others.