Padua Academy



“It is in giving that we receive.” — St. Francis of Assisi


Padua’s motto Suaviter Sed Fortiter, translated as “Softly but Strongly,” embodies the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi who dedicated his life to the service of humanity. This philosophy of servant leadership is the core of Padua’s mission.

Padua’s Students in Action program seeks to cultivate servant leadership while addressing the core elements of Catholic Social Teaching. The two homerooms address both the need for direct service in locations around Padua, and for social change by financially supporting the good work of local nonprofit organizations.

Our Students in Action program participates in the larger Jefferson Awards framework. In each of the last six years, our students have earned a Gold level recognition for Padua’s community service. The students also recognize their peers for extraordinary service by awarding Jefferson Awards throughout the year. Here is a link to our 2015-16 Jefferson Awards.

During the 2015-2016 school year, Padua also began a partnership with DeSales Service Works (DSW) in Camden, New Jersey. DSW is an Oblate-run ministry infused with the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales that Padua shares. As part of the partnership, all of Padua’s sophomores participate in a day-long service retreat.

At Padua, students learn the importance of actions as a reflection of faith. Service projects instill leadership, self-discipline, and social cooperation; furthermore, they encourage students to develop effective decision-making skills and personal accountability.

This year, our juniors are participating in a new initiative to increase our service to Padua’s immediate community.  The organizations that are serving as our partners in this program, as well as more information on how the students can get involved, are listed here.

You can now submit your service hours through UGIVE here.

Other service hours outside can be tracked through the form found here and turned into Mrs. Anna Alinda.





Padua Academy 905 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
(302) 421-3739

Rooted in the Catholic faith, Padua Academy offers young women a transformational college preparatory education, challenging them to live Christ-centered lives of leadership and service.