Tag: Catholic schools
Five years ago, enrollment at Immaculate Conception School in the first-ring suburb of Columbia Heights was at a record low, and its future was unclear. Veteran educator and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church parishioner Jane Bona joined a committee to help evaluate the viability of the school and walked away with a new title – principal.
It was my first morning in Minnesota. I gathered with the priests of the Archdiocese to listen to our convocation speaker, Archbishop Michael Miller, discuss the hallmarks of a truly Catholic school. The presentation was superb, but what really impressed me was the attentiveness of my brother priests and the depth of their questions. It was clear to me from the start that Pope Francis had sent me to work in an archdiocese with a deep appreciation for Catholic schools.
“We developed this for probably two years prior to starting this program,” said Dan Vandermyde, who co-directs the engineering program with teacher Matt Thibodeau. “What we realized is that most people don’t have a true understanding of what engineering is, what engineers do and how big and broad that [field] is, how many different and varied career opportunities are available within that engineering umbrella.
At Most Holy Reedemer in Montgomery, a higher percentage of students come from farm families than at most Catholic schools in the archdiocese.
“Kids will have a debate [about tractors],” said Mindy Reeder, at the time Most Holy Redeemer’s principal. “Are you a John Deere family or an International family?”
Although the students didn’t get to pose the questions to the pontiff, they did have the opportunity to hear if he answered any of them during his address to a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24. The students were dismissed from first hour to join others from theology and social studies classes in the commons and hear what Pope Francis had to say not just to members of Congress, but to all Americans.
A new organization is rallying to boost enrollment and promote best practices for Catholic grade schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and it is calling on the community to help.
Jill Reilly, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will leave her position July 2. Reilly’s goal during her two-year tenure was to help Catholic schools through a time of transition with compassion, vigor, collaboration and innovation.
A new initiative by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for Catholic Schools is unfolding, Bishop Andrew Cozzens announced April 17. It is set to launch July 1.
St. Joseph, West St. Paul, says ‘so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye’ to alumna’s Austrian son
After Spirit Week at St. Joseph School in West St. Paul, seventh-grader Sam Seitlinger will return to his hometown of Zell am See, Austria, bringing with him fond memories of his American Catholic school education. Sam’s mother, Andrea, is from West St. Paul and graduated from St. Joe’s in 1981.