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| Theresa Malloy | February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Risen Christ, Minneapolis

‘Get Ready’ program gives students a taste of college

Risen Christ School has partnered with the University of St. Thomas and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to create a new program called, “Get Ready,” which will start teaching fifth-grade students about college.

“We’re really excited,” said Helen Dahlman, Risen Christ School president. “We see it as a vital piece to help our kids put their future in their own hands.”

The Minneapolis school serves mostly immigrant and low-income students with a goal to prepare them for success in life.

Dahlman said some of the families do not have a college background and that talking about post-secondary options can be difficult to navigate. St. Thomas students will help teach the sessions.

Students will get exposure to different options and also ask themselves questions such as, “What are my interests? What are my skills? What kind of education do I need to get there?” to start thinking about possibilities, Dahlman added.

The 12-week program is adapted from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education’s curriculum and will end with a capstone day at St. Thomas in St. Paul. Students will go through a class enrollment and registration process, attend a lecture, eat in the cafeteria and participate in a graduation ceremony.

“Get Ready” will expand to the sixth-grade next year and will allow a smoother transition to the school’s existing career awareness program called “Imagine the Possibility,” which is directed to seventh- and eighth-graders.

“It’s amazing to see the children think of themselves as successful professionals and business leaders,” Dahlman said. “Once they start thinking and dreaming about their futures … that’s going to help them figure out where they can be confident and successful.”

Additionally, Risen Christ is unveiling a “college corridor” during Catholic School’s Week that has college pennants hanging, so students can see different possibilities for the future.

Maternity of Mary, St. Paul

Sisters of Life speak at pro-life dinner

Three members of the Sisters of Life religious community spent time with Maternity of Mary/St. Andrew School students and spoke at a pro-life dinner Jan. 28, at Maternity of Mary in St. Paul.

Cardinal John O’Connor founded the religious community in New York in 1991. All sisters take a vow to “protect and enhance the sacredness of human life” in addition to the traditional vows of chastity, obedience and poverty according to their website at

Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul

School prepares for its annual Justice Week

As a part of its annual Justice Week Feb. 13 to Feb. 17, Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul will host a series of events open to the community. Each year, the school chooses a topic related to Catholic social teaching and brings in speakers to educate about the issue. This year’s topic is “Rights of the Child.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, student leaders from area Catholic high schools will come together to discuss charity and justice work at their respective schools and how to promote and support each other in these movements. A staff member from the Catholic Charities Office of Social Justice will speak with students to share about the archdiocese’s social justice work.

That evening, the 10th annual Empty Bowls supper will be held. The meal of soup and bread raises money and awareness about hunger and starvation in the world. In the past nine years, the dinner has raised more than $65,000 for people and communities who are hungry.

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