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“If in every city, if in every town the law of the Lord is faithfully fulfilled; if there is respect for sacred things, if there is attendance at the sacraments, if everything pertaining to Christian living is observed, it will no longer be necessary, venerable brethren, that we work more than that to see everything restored in Christ”.


Saint Pius X - E Supremi Apostolatus, nº 34

Colégio São Bento & Santa Escolástica

Maintained by the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Nova Friburgo, Colégio São Bento e Santa Escolástica was founded by the monk Dom Tomás de Aquino more than two decades ago with the primary objective of providing education for children and young people of his faithful. Over the years, it has sought to consolidate the efforts of the monks, families and friends of the monastery to offer a fully Catholic education and a good intellectual formation to children, aware of the vital need in our times for teaching in accordance with the principles of the Holy Church Catholic. Also, because part of monastic history was closely linked to the instruction of souls, an office very dear to the Benedictine Order as it responds to its natural vocation to pray, work and, we might add, study. Of course, this heavy effort has as its main purpose not the intellectual, but above all the spiritual: we want our students to have their souls preserved above any secular issue.

The efforts made in its construction were great and it was mainly thanks to the generosity of local and international collaborators that the institution took shape. First, in 1997, plans began to design the school's first hall, suitable for the capacity of that period and with a few rooms that would divide primary school classes according to their grades. Help came from all over and an active participation of the parents made its building advance, especially with the maternal encouragement of Mrs. Maria Tereza Muniz ( in memorian ). The definitive authorization arrived in 1998 and the college could be inaugurated that same year.


It didn't take long and in the preamble of the 2000s, the school was small due to the increase in students. Once again the monks were called to work and a new pavilion, as large as the previous one, was built, increasing the capacity of the college to serve the local community and giving the opportunity to allocate other rooms for teachers, library, storeroom et al.

After more than twenty years of operation, the certainty that remains is that the Providence of God never abandons its children and the fruits of the hard work of monks, teachers and parents reward all the fatigue inherent in teaching the arts and knowledge.

Therefore, we make an appeal to the charity and generosity of all in order to continue the work of these years and keep the children who turn to us to gain access to a good education. Anyone who wants to help us can do so by sponsoring a student or by providing any kind of help. God and His Holy Mother will abundantly repay your generosity for such an important cause!

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