In honor of Catholic Schools Week, The Catholic Spirit photographer Dave Hrbacek documented a day at eight Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Jan. 18, starting in the east at St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater and ending in the west at St. Timothy School in Maple Lake.
The kindergarten through eighth-grade schools — Ascension Catholic School in north Minneapolis, St. John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School in northeast Minneapolis and St. Peter Claver Catholic School in St. Paul — comprise Ascension Catholic Academy. With Ascension serving as the anchor school, its staff is responsible for managing daily operations of all three.
Fifth-graders in teacher Becca Reinhardt’s class at Holy Family Academy in St. Louis Park were asked if she shows favoritism to one particular student, Sam.
A handful of young students at St. Stephen School in Anoka worked feverishly on their religion drawings.
When the new White Bear Lake area Catholic school — Frassati Catholic Academy — opens this fall, an innovative curriculum will connect not only the students’ academic subjects, but also the legacies and traditions of two long-established parish schools.
A team of 20 volunteer health care professionals provide care for students during the school week at St. Stephen School, stepping in to fill the school’s paid health paraprofessional hours lost to budget cuts in recent years.
Since 1969, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have benefited from the annual Catholic Services Appeal. This year’s appeal seeks to raise $9.3 million, with $2.4 million allocated for education.