Salesianum School

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Salesianum School is an independent Catholic secondary school for boys, located in Wilmington, Delaware. It is run independently within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. Salesianum (Latin for "House of Sales", referring to St. Francis de Sales) was founded in 1903 and is operated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The current enrollment is just above 1,100 students, from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The school has two sister schools, Padua Academy and Ursuline Academy, close by in the city. St. Mark's High School is the school's historic rival, located far away outside the city.

The school's goal is to educate and develop the whole person based on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, whose philosophy can be summarized in "Live Jesus." The school's official motto is "Tenui Nec Dimittam," meaning "I have taken hold (of the faith) and will not let go." Each day and most classes begin with the reciting of Salesianum's version of the Catholic prayer, The Direction of Intention. The Salesianum version reads: <blockquote>"My God, give me the grace to perform this action with you and through love for you. In advance, I offer to you all the good that I may do and accept all the difficulty that I may meet therein."</blockquote> The prayer is followed by the statement "St. Francis de Sales, pray for us." and...
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