There are six Houses named after prominent figures in the Church's history.

At St Richard Reynolds High School, each student is assigned to a House, and this corresponds to their tutor group: B,P, K, L, M, F corresponding to the saint (see below).

The aim of the House System is to create an atmosphere of loyalty and a sense of belonging to each other, the House and the College.

Please see detials of our house saint below:

St Josephine Bakhita

St Josephine Bakhita - Feast Day: 8 February (B)

St Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan. She describes her early childhood as “a happy and carefree life, without knowing suffering”.

At  eight years old, Josephine was kidnapped by some Arab slave traders.  Over the next eight to ten years, she was forced to walk barefoot for miles, and was bought and sold on several occasions.These years of slavery were brutal, terrifying and violent.

Josephine’s final owner was an Italian diplomat who brought her to Italy.  Finally Josephine was free

After being baptised in 1890, she became a nun in 1893.  Josephine taught her fellow nuns about her home country and how they could help people there.

“Her mind was always on God, her heart in Africa.”
St Martin de Porres

St Martin de Porres Feast Day: 3 November (P)

Martin’s father was a Spanish nobleman and his mother was a freed slave from Panama. Martin’s father left the family and the family was very poor, but despite all these difficulties, Martin grew up tried to live out the teachings of Jesus.

He learned to be a barber, which in those days included learning surgical and medical skills.

Martin joined the Dominican friars. He was soon recognised as an extraordinarily kind person. Before long, he began to work miracles, curing so many people that everyone in Lima would send for Brother Martin when there was sickness. Martin treated people of all races and colours because he saw all people as his sisters and brothers in Christ.

He founded an orphanage and was generous to sick people outside the convent. Even animals were looked after by this generous-hearted saint.

"You must love your neighbour as you love yourself"

St Maximillian Kolbe

St Maximillian Kolbe - Feast Day: 14th August (K)

As a Franciscan friar, he published two monthly newspapers that went to readers around the world.

In 1939, Poland was invaded by the Nazis. Father Kolbe set up a home for 2,000 refugees. In 1941, the Nazis arrested Father Kolbe and sent him to a prison camp called Auschwitz.

When a prisoner escaped, the Nazis made the rest of the prisoners pay for the escape. They chose ten prisoners at random to be killed. One chosen prisoner, a married man with a family, begged and pleaded to be spared for the sake of his children. Father Kolbe stepped forward and asked the commander if he could take the man's place. The commander accepted his offer.

Father Kolbe and the other prisoners were put in a cell to starve to death. One by one, as they died, Father Kolbe helped and comforted them. He was the last to die.

"Hatred is not a creative force. Only love is a creative power."

St Anne Line

St Anne Line - Feast Day: 27th February (L)

St Anne Line lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I when it was illegal to be a Catholic. Her father threw her out of the house as a teenager when she became a Catholic

She and her husband had to pay fines for being Catholic which left them very poor. Eventually her husband was made to leave the country.

Anne Line decided to help Catholic priests in London. This was very dangerous as anyone hiding a priest could be executed.

Anne was arrested and hanged in 1601. She was offered a chance to save her life if she gave up her faith but refused

"I am sentenced to die for harbouring a Catholic priest, and so far I am from repenting for having so done, that I wish, with all my soul, that where I have entertained one, I could have entertained a thousand."

St Gianna Beretta Molla

St Gianna Beretta Molla - Feast Day: 28th April (M)

A keen sportswoman who enjoyed skiing, Gianna Beretta Molla trained as a doctor.

She married an engineer, Pietro, and they had three children. Gianna Beretta Molla was a working mother and professional woman.

In 1961, Gianna became pregnant again but was warned that going ahead with the pregnancy would endanger her life. She chose to go ahead with the pregnancy despite the risks. Her fourth daughter was born safely but Gianna Beretta Molla died a week later.

Her husband died in 2010.

"The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness."

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi - Feast Day: 4th October (F)

As a young man, Francis enjoyed parties but after falling ill twice he realised that he should begin to serve Jesus

He began caring for the sick and giving clothes and money to the poor

Francis rejected his father’s wealth and made a radical choice to live like the poor people he wanted to serve

Francis lived a life of simplicity and taught the Gospel message with great joy. He founded the Franciscan order

Pope Francis I chose this name because of his great respect for Francis’s work for the poor

“Preach Christ’s message and when necessary use words.”

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