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Faith & Service


Mater Dei High School is part of the Diocese of Evansville. Our tradition is based on the philosophy of educating both hearts and minds. At Mater Dei, education lies not just in academic excellence, but also with the competence to see and understand and then having the courage to act to make the world a better place.  

Mater Dei students are provided a faith-based education rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. We strive to educate the whole child by blending learning with faith and by making faith an integral part of the school day. This is accomplished through prayer as a fundamental component of each class along with a focus on service to others.

Students grow in their awareness of the importance of practicing their faith by participating in Eucharistic celebrations at school as well as in their local parishes, and by participating in and providing leadership for retreat and formation days.

The theology department offers coursework that conforms to the framework as outlined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All parish pastors serve as chaplains of Mater Dei and are responsible for sacramental duties at liturgies and prayer services.

They are also available for confidential pastoral counseling to offer support, encouragement, and direction to Mater Dei students. Mater Dei High School seeks to be a place for all students, regardless of religious affiliation, to actively grow in faith.

Meet our Priest-Delegate, Father Christopher Droste

As a 1998 graduate of Mater Dei High School, and its newest Priest-Delegate, I’m extremely grateful to have joined the number of alumni who have completed the cycle as both a student and teacher at MDHS. There’s nothing I find more personally fulfilling and satisfying than reciprocating a gift that I’ve received from others, so it brings me great joy to give back and contribute something good through my pastoral work at MDHS. 

I love adventure, living life intensely, celebrating its joys and suffering its sorrows. I enjoy a deep conversation and a good song. I like traveling with others, especially with those moving through the major passages of life and coming of age, so I expect my time serving at MDHS will be well spent.