Tag: Catholic education
Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Catholic education vicar, and Jason Slattery, director, outline vision for new schools mission office
City Connects program aims to bridge achievement gap in seven urban Catholic schools
Schools share new leadership and initiatives, from multimillion-dollar buildings to yoga class
Three local principals describe what it’s taking to turn their schools around
The Office for the Mission of Catholic Education launched in July under the leadership of Jason Slattery, former principal of Ave Maria Academy in Maple Grove. With his wife and three sons, he attends Sts. Peter and Paul in Loretto. Now working on a doctorate degree in leadership and interdisciplinary studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Slattery shared his vision with The Catholic Spirit for how the new office will serve Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis through its focus on forming mission-driven leaders and students in a competitive marketplace.
Paula Dudgeon is convinced she made the right decision at age 29. After spending nine years with the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary of Waukesha, Wisconsin, she discerned that God wasn’t calling her to spend her life as a religious sister. Instead, she thought he wanted her to get married and have a family.
Catholic school leaders and faculty gathered with staff members of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis June 24 for a Mass of appreciation for the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools. The Mass was held as a closing liturgy for the office, which will cease operating June 30.
Teacher Nellie Hennen asked a simple question of her nine first- and second-grade students at St. Bernard School in Cologne.
“How many of you love your school?” she said.
Almost in unison, nine hands shot up into the air.
The teacher flashed a smile, but her expression quickly turned sad. This would be the last day, May 28, that she could ask that question in her classroom — ever. It was the final day of classes for the school, which would close its doors for good the next day after a school picnic. The display board in front of the main office celebrating 135 years of the school’s history would be taken down.
In an area of St. Paul that Father Michael Byron described as “more needy, less Catholic and more diverse” today than it has been in its 65-year history, St. Pascal Baylon School intends not only to remain open, but also to be an anchor of Catholic education in the east metro of the Twin Cities.
Dave Ziebarth showed a clip from the movie “Saving Private Ryan” as his third-hour world history class at St. Thomas Academy began a section on World War II.
The Catholic Spirit asked three alumni from different decades what still resonates from their years at St. Thomas Academy.
The entire student body, also known as the corps of cadets, stands at attention in the St. Thomas Academy court during daily formation. With a strong, crisp, unified voice, they recite the Hail Mary and the Pledge of Allegiance. As the cadets settle into their “at ease” position, staff and students step up to the mic to share announcements and celebrate accomplishments at the Mendota Heights school.