At the Brussels International Catholic School, our Catholic faith is not simply a tradition, or an historical fact linked to our foundation.
The Catholic faith inspires everything about our school. We seek academic excellence, certainly, for seeking truth and forming young minds is the duty of every person of faith.
For us however academic excellence is the means to an end. What we really wish for is to form children into virtuous young men and women, who will give glory to God by lives of faith, prayer and high morals, and who will be helpful members of society, promoting the common good with their academic and personal acquirements.
Pope Pius XI explained in a letter about Christian education that “it aims at securing the Supreme Good, that is, God, for the souls of those who are being educated, and the maximum of well-being possible here below for human society.”
Catholic Faith At School
Practically, this means that we not only teach the truths of the Catholic faith to our pupils in regular religion classes, but we also seek to inspire in their hearts a love of God and of virtue through times of prayer, through weekly Mass, and above all, through the charity and respect that teachers and staff seek to embody.
The school is directed by members of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, an international religious community founded in 1990. The motherhouse of the Institute is located in Tuscany, just outside of Florence. Our priests are referred to as ‘Canons’, a title indicative of a specific form of priestly life. Priests of the Institute live and pray in community, with a particular attention to solemnising the public prayer of the Church. That is why pupils of the BICS attend weekly Masses celebrated in Latin and beautified by Gregorian chant and traditional hymns.
Our 3 Great Patrons Saints
The role of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at the BICS can also be understood through the example of our three great patron saints:
Saint Benedict, who is the father of the great monastic tradition in the Roman Catholic Church, embodies our love of the public prayer of the church or ‘liturgy’, and our desire to integrate it into our daily lives. His great motto was ‘Ora et Labora’ or ‘Work and Pray’
Saint Francis de Sales
Saint Francis de Sales, the 17th century Bishop of Geneva, is known as the “Doctor of Divine Love” or the “Gentleman Saint”. His example helps us to remember that the best lessons are those given with great love.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas Aquinas is the greatest theologian and philosopher of the Catholic Church. He teaches us to approach the wonders of nature and reality with awe and gratitude, and to seek truth with all the energy and humility at our disposal.
We are fortunate to have a chaplain assigned to the primary school who teaches religion, often with the assistance of a seminarian of the Institute who typically spends a year at our school as part of his priestly training. Preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation is an option that is offered to families who are interested.
In addition to the weekly school Masses, our priests celebrate Mass daily in Watermael-Boitsfort (Brussels), and weekly in Havré, near Mons. The schedule during school term is as follows:
Eglise du couvent Sainte-Anne
Avenue Leopold Wiener, 26 – 1170 Brussels
- Sunday: Mass at 10:30 a.m and 6 p.m
- Monday to Friday: Mass at 6 p.m
- Saturday: Adoration and Confessions at 11 a.m, and Mass at Noon
Canon William Hudson
+ 32 472 42 96 93
Eglise du Couvent St Anne
Eglise Notre Dame de Bon Vouloir