St. Bernard Preparatory School

Our Mission Statement 

Heir to the time-honored Benedictine tradition, Saint Bernard Preparatory School’s mission as a Catholic, college preparatory, residential school is the cultivation of a love of learning and a life of virtue in young men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

Corpus – Mens – Spiritus

Benedictine Monks came to Alabama from St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in the 1870’s. St. Vincent had been founded in the 1840’s from Metten abbey in Bavaria, a monastery founded in the 8th Century. Most of the early Alabama monks were Bavarian natives and came primarily to serve German-speaking Catholic communities in the State. Arriving in Cullman in the 1880’s the monks established St. Bernard Abbey on September 29, 1891, named in honor of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the famous eleventh-century French abbot and doctor of the Church. The new community chose its location because of the area’s healthy climate, rapid growth, and access to the mail railroad.

In the same year as the Abbey’s founding, the Monks established St. Bernard Preparatory School on the outskirts of the city – on the grounds of the monastery. The school was chartered by the State of Alabama in February 1893, and though primarily a college preparatory school, including middle school grades, St. Bernard regularly conferred a few bachelor’s degrees.

 

 It is our aim that students acquire a love of what is true, good and beautiful, and to do so through a life of rigorously seeking to discover and appreciate those wonderful realities. We provide our students with a challenging and structured curriculum that equips them for independent thinking and prepares them for university studies, for a life-long love of learning, and for virtuous action.

On our campus students meet many opportunities to develop their talents, including sports and the arts; but they also find here the high expectations and guidance that mold the good character that leads to true happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 06, 2019
Girls Dorm Weekend Director   Duties:  Monitor girls (usually less than 15) on weekends in Catholic prep school dorm, grades 7-12.  Discipline according to School norms.  Some travel to out-of-town events.  Some simple disbursement and accounting of funds for students.    Requirements:  Female, at least 21 years of age. Very mature, responsible, relate well to and able to direct teenagers; impeccable character, presentable. No smoking, tobacco, alcohol.  No illegal drug use at any time; No exposed tattoos or piercings. (Explanation of the above will be given.) State-required fingerprinting, background check, youth-protection training. Medical/medicine administration training here. Valid driver’s license and good driving record.  Student life is according to the Catholic Church and its teachings on faith and morals; must have some familiarity with this and be willing/able to support it.   Hours:  Weekends or every other weekend, usually 3 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Sunday.  If possible, occasional Mondays and other weekdays during holidays.  Work not required during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays or Spring Break.   Period:  August 16, 2019 through May 26, 2020.   Salary/Benefits: $250.00 per weekend.  Lodging, meals, and entertainment fees provided.  Some time to read/study.  T.V. in room. Wi-Fi.  
St. Bernard Preparatory School Cullman, AL, USA Part time
Jul 25, 2019
Boys Dorm Director   Duties:  Direct and monitor boys (c. 35) in Catholic prep school dorm, grades 7-12.  According to School norms and under the direction of School administration.   Requirements:  Male, at least 21 years of age. Very mature, responsible, relate well to and able to direct teenagers; impeccable character, presentable. No smoking, tobacco, alcohol.  No illegal drug use at any time; No exposed tattoos or piercings. (Explanation of the above will be given.) State-required fingerprinting, background check, youth-protection training. Medical/medicine administration training here. Valid driver’s license and good driving record.  Student life is according to the Catholic Church and its teachings on faith and morals; must have some familiarity with this and be willing/able to support it.   Hours:  Full time.  Sunday at 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. or so on Friday. Usually off daily from about 8:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Work not required weekends or during Thanksgiving (1 week) and Christmas holidays (2 weeks), or during Spring Break (1 week). Occasional 3-day weekends off.  May live in the dorm throughout the time of employment if so choose.   Period:  August 8, 2019 through May 22, 2020, etc.      Salary/Benefits: $26,000 per academic year above.  T.V. in room.  Wi-Fi.  Breakfast, Lunch and Supper provided.  Health insurance, retirement option.  
St. Bernard Preparatory School Full time