Blessed Miguel Pro Catholic Academy believes
- … using our God-given gifts brings joy in fulling God’s plan for our life
- … God is the ultimate “truth”
- … all children can learn
- … learning leads us to God through what is true, good, and beautiful
- … children should learn in a loving and joy-filled environment
- … parents are their children’s primary educators
- … a life worth living is a life lived as a gift to others
- … relationships should be built on respect and love for the other
- … children need love, acceptance, and discipline at home and school
- … thoughts and actions reflect individual’s God given gifts
- … virtue and integrity are integral in our community.
These are the habits of Bl. Miguel Pro that we hope our students will emulate. We want our students to be:
In Europe and Asia, there was a widespread belief that pelican mothers had a unique relationship to their young. In one version, pelicans would kill their young and then bring them back to life with their blood. In the more widespread version, pelicans were so devoted to caring for their young that if there was no food, they would peck at their own breast and feed their blood to their children. This idea was spread in folktales and even in medieval bestiaries (books about animals).
This supposed feature of pelican life – called a “pelican in her piety” – was seen as a perfect symbol of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the Eucharist: just as the pelican would give its blood to save its children, so Christ poured out his blood on the cross to save us from our sins and offers his blood to us in the Eucharist as spiritual drink.
Of course, today we know that pelicans do not offer their blood to their young. Nonetheless, the pelican has remained a beautiful symbol of the loving sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To Blessed Miguel Pro Catholic Academy, this folktale represents the sacrifice Miguel Pro made of his life for Catholics in Mexico. This is why the pelican is our mascot.