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Mission & Ministry

McNicholas prepares and empowers students, faculty, and staff for lifelong, active discipleship and growth toward Full Stature in Christ.

Our Catholic faith inspires and permeates everything we do as we work to accomplish our mission:

To inspire young men and women through faith formation and academic excellence to become compassionate leaders and grow toward Full Stature in Christ.

Our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, dedicate themselves to the most perfect love of God “with their feet in the street” to serve their neighbors without distinction. We are inspired by their example to live a life in service to others, to work for justice, and to be compassionate leaders in our homes, careers, vocations, and communities. 

Through liturgy, prayer, retreats, Christian service, and other service-learning and faith-building experiences, students are challenged, encouraged, and inspired to develop their faith and to put it into action. 


McNick has taught me and my peers that selflessness, compassion, and empathy play such an important role in our lives, and we want to take what we have learned here and make an impact on other people.

Claire, Class of '21

McNicholas students work cooperatively during leadership retreat.

The Class of 2025 grew in compassionate leadership this week as they bonded together during leadership formation. This day of formation laid the groundwork for the Leadership McNick program, a joint venture between McNicholas and the Xavier University Leadership Center (XLC), that will officially kick off next school year.

McNicholas students lead Angels through CANabiliites Program

As part of the Guardian Angels School’s CANabilities Program, McNicholas hosted the eighth grade class from GA, leading them through a morning of witness, reflection, and activities fostering kindness and compassion.

McNicholas senior poses with his rescue dog.

Around McNicholas, you will often hear the phrase, “Once a Rocket, Always a Rocket.” So when one of your own is about to play on football’s biggest stage, we don’t just cheer (though we’ve been doing a lot of that!).  We act. To support 2004 McNicholas graduate Kevin Huber, senior Grant Must designed and marketed a “Rockets show their stripes” t-shirt whose proceeds benefit Huber’s FUR Foundation.

McNicholas celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a bilingual Mass

Over the past month, Hands Across Campus (HAC) has led our community in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time dedicated to recognizing influential Hispanic Americans and their positive impact on society.