The purpose of the Christian Brothers Academy NHS/NJHS is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
The National Honor Society at Christian Brothers Academy is named after Ecuador’s only saint, St. Miguel Cordero. St. Miguel was born into a prominent family in Ecuador in 1854 and defied his family to join the Christian Brothers. His students admired his simplicity, directness, his concern for others, and the intensity of his devotion to the Sacred Heart and to Our Lady. He died in 1910, leaving a remarkable reputation as a scholar, a teacher, and a saint.
The National Junior Honor Society at Christian Brothers Academy is named after St. Benilde. Benilde Romancon was born at Thuret, France on June 13, 1805 and christened Peter. He studied at the Christian Brothers school at Riom and joined them in 1820, taking the name Benilde, after he had been refused two years earlier. He headed the Brothers’ school in Billom, and in 1841 he founded a school at Saugues, where he was to spend the rest of his life. Saugues became a model school, and Benilde was known for his dedication, his teaching ability and his sanctity. He died at Saugues on August 13, 1862 and was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1967.