Student Life

Student Leadership and Houses

The Five Houses

List of 5 items.

  • Aquinas

    House Patron: St. Thomas Aquinas

    House Color: Blue

    Feast Day: January 28

    Coat of Arms: St. Thomas Aquinas is often depicted with rays of light, or a sunburst, on his chest as a representation of God’s own Wisdom in his heart. The Aquinas House coat of arms depicts this sunburst
    on a blue field

    Motto: Illumination, Integrity, Inspiration
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  • Borromeo

    House Patron: St. Charles Borromeo

    House Color
    : Purple

    Feast Day
    : November 4

    Coat of Arms
    : A lit candle on a purple field. Borromeo House’s first House Master and leadership was inspired by a quote from William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice in creating their House slogan and arms: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

    : Humilty, Zeal, Fortitude
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  • Lisieux

    House Patron: St. Thérèse of Lisieux

    House Color: Green

    Feast Day: October 1

    Coat of Arms: A lone star, embedded on a yellow rose on a green field. St. Thérèse of Lisieux is often referred to as the Little Flower and depicted with roses. With this as our inspiration, and with plenty of Texas pride, Lisieux House is symbolized by a yellow rose of Texas, with a Lone Star at its center, on a green field.

    Motto: Virtus, Veritas, Victoria
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  • Loreto

    House Patron: St. Joseph

    House Color
    : Gold

    Feast Day
    : March 19

    Coat of Arms
    : A gold lily and carpenter's square on a silver field. Loreto House is devoted to the patronage of St. Joseph, the foster-father of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. St. Joseph’s iconic symbols are depicted in our Arms to honor him.

    : Respect, Loyalty, Wisdom, Humility
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  • Neri

    House Patron: St. Philip Neri

    House Color
    : Black

    Feast Day
    : May 26

    Coat of Arms
    : A heart on a black field. St. Philip Neri is said to have had a heart twice the normal size when he died, swelling as it was with holy charity. It is his heart that is depicted on our Arms, on a field of black.

    : Prayer, Wisdom, Service
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The Houses of SJ23

On May 13, 2011, St. John XXIII instituted a house system for the student body. Common among European and East Coast schools, the house system at St. John XXIII is the first of its kind at any Catholic high school in Texas. The house system promotes student leadership, school spirit, fellowship, spirituality, and academic achievement.

Each House is awarded points throughout the year. At the end of each year, a single house is awarded the Roncalli Cup in honor of our patron, Pope St. John XXIII.

The five houses of St. John XXIII College Preparatory are Aquinas House, Borromeo House, Lisieux House, Loreto House, and Neri House.

Our Pillars

List of 4 items.

  • Oboedientia

    Learning to trust the voice of God

    As we come to know what God’s voice sounds like in Holy Scripture and the teaching of the Church, we are able to hear God’s voice everywhere and discern His calling for our lives.
  • Pax

    Experiencing God’s peace through liturgy

    We experience wholeness within ourselves when we encounter God’s grace in the Sacraments - particularly the Mass - and when we see Him at work all around us in the symbols of our faith, the seasons of the Church year, and the lives of the patron saints of our Houses.
  • Virtus

    Forming character that leads to virtuous action

    The more we learn what goodness actually is - through excellence in academics, athletics, and service - the more we develop habits of virtue that allow us to lead happy, holy lives.
  • Renovatio

    Renewing the Church and the world

    A broad and diverse education, grounded in Catholic social teaching, prepares us to become leaders in our communities, engaging with the problems of the modern world and striving for justice, mutual understanding among peoples, and the protection of human dignity.
St. John XXIII College Preparatory forms the hearts and minds of young men and women in a Christ-centered community dedicated to academic excellence, the pursuit of virtue, and service to others in the Tradition of the Catholic Church.