Independent Catholic School in Ottawa
Offering Educational Programs and Events
Commencing Fall 2023
Part Time School Programs for Primary, Elementary, and Secondary Grade Levels
Status: Offered 2023/2024
*Spaces available for Winter & Spring 2024 Sessions*
"In looking at the stars or the sea, in falling in love with someone, in looking with tenderness at their children, in ardently seeking to know and use nature, human beings of every time, every race, seek happiness: what is true, what is just, what is beautiful." ~ Msgr. Luigi Giussani, address in Nagoya, Japan (1987)
The Educational Programs at Lejeune are rooted in the Catholic tradition and values each student as a child of God. We believe that education is an experience that springs from an encounter that engages our freedom and solicits our responsibility, making life truly human.
Our unique approach to education encompasses the search for human happiness and fulfillment grounded in truth, justice, beauty, freedom, responsibility, the authority and loving witness of the educators, community, and critical reasoning.
Our purpose is to accompany each student on their journey to reach their full potential. To embrace the fact of life as a vocation, and to educate their heart to an awareness of the divine givenness of the world and all that is in and beyond it.
“The first concern of a genuine and appropriate educational method is the EDUCATION OF THE HEART of man, just as God made it...”
~ Servant of God Msgr. Luigi Giussani, The Risk of Education
Who is Jérôme Lejeune?
Venerable Jérôme Jean Louis Marie Lejeune (13 June 1926 – 3 April 1994) was a French pediatrician and geneticist, best known for discovering the genetic cause of Down Syndrome. He courageously defended the dignity of every human person and is a heroic witness for our times. For more biographical information on the life of Jérôme Lejeune, click here.
Jérôme Lejeune School
Jérôme Lejeune School is a missionary work of members in the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation and collaborates with the greater Catholic community in offering this educative proposal, with the blessing of The Most Reverend Archbishop Marcel Damphousse, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall. Jérôme Lejeune School is a not-for-profit association in the process of applying for charitable status.
Jérôme Lejeune School began in 2018 as a Homeschool Co-op for primary aged students and was located at St. George's Parish in Westboro. In 2019, Jérôme Lejeune School moved to St. Stephen's Anglican Church and operated as a Homeschool co-op for a second year. In 2020, Jérôme Lejeune School was put on hiatus and remained closed for 3 years. On September 14, 2023, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Jérôme Lejeune School re-opened offering an enrichment program for elementary aged students in its new home at the Couvent Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Jérôme Lejeune School has been validated as a private school by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
We are always seeking dedicated and generous people to support us in carrying out this educational mission and do charitable work at the school. Please contact us to find out how you can be involved.