Catholic Formation

“The ordinary acts we practice every day are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” (St. Thomas More)

St. Thomas More Academy is an independent Catholic school. According to the Bishop of Raleigh, we are an "authentic teacher of the faith" that provides a Catholic environment that encourages students to answer the Church’s call to the New Evangelization.  Entering the front doors, students pass under our motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To the Greater Glory of God), and they encounter the Faith lived.

What does "independent" mean?

We are an independent Catholic school, which means that we are not a school owned and operated by the Diocese of Raleigh, under the supervision of the Diocesan Office of Schools. Since STMA's founding, we have had the blessing of the Bishop of the Raleigh Diocese to operate as a Catholic school independent of the Diocese and to celebrate the sacraments.

Because we are independent, we do not have an assigned priest or religious clergy, apart from our Headmaster, Deacon Brad Watkins, on campus, to serve our school. 

Monsignor Jeffrey Ingham, and other priests of the Raleigh diocese, have generously donated their time and service to our school by offering and celebrating the sacraments for us. 

What faith opportunities are available?

Opportunities for faith formation and development include the following:

  • Mass (once a week)
  • Reconciliation (as the priest's schedule allows after Mass, but may not be offered weekly)
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Morning prayer  
  • Monthly opportunities to participate in faith formation groups & clubs
  • Service and Outreach Program - students engage in the practical work of the Christian through service within the local community and parishes each academic year
  • Annual National March for Life - we attend this as a school community, in prayerful witness to the Gospel of Life  
  • Theology courses - We offer an unusually rich sequence of theology courses.  All faculty teach faithfully with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Theology teachers undertake a written oath of fidelity in solidarity with Pope John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Are Non-Catholic Christians able to attend STMA?

There is a rich spirit of collegiality at STMA.  Students pursue truth while remaining respectful of the opinions of others.  Although about 90% of our community is Catholic, this collegiality extends to the school’s non-Catholic students, all of whom are warmly welcomed as members of the STMA family.