Holy Name Catholic High School sadly closed its doors in 1971. Now is the time to re- open our doors to provide our community with access to a solid Catholic high school education. Over the past several years it has become abundantly clear that there is a strong demand for an alternative to a strictly secular education. “”When is Holy Name going to have a high school again?” is my most frequent question.” says Principal Joe Carlson. The statistics reveal this startling fact that for youth who do not attend a Catholic high school only 5% remain Sunday mass attendees as adults. Yet, for those who attend Catholic high school that percentage jumps up to 39%! We want to give our children the best chance to embrace their faith because it has eternal consequences. In order to fulfill our Christian duty as parents and educators, it is imperative that we reopen the high school doors so we can continue to fulfill our obligations to “train the mind and form the habits of the young” (St. John Chrysostom).
Over the past year, a grassroots group of parents have been meeting to see what the reopening of Holy Name High School would entail. After conducting a feasibility study, permission was received from our supporting priests, council and Bishop Doerfler to enter the fundraising phase. Now is the time to begin the $10.7 million High School Capital Campaign. Our vision is to continue to immerse our students in the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith and culture by offering our students a four-year Catholic high school using the Christ-centered and unique, yet time-honored approach to education through an Integrated Classical Catholic Curriculum as well as strong athletic and fine arts programs in partnership with area schools. We wish to open the doors to freshmen and sophomores for the 2020-2021 academic school year and add a grade incrementally each year along with an addition to our current school to house the new high school classrooms. Our Catholic high school will also be open to all students throughout the Upper Peninsula with a potential billeting program as well as foreign exchange students.
Pope Francis strongly states that “Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes; either it enables a person to grow or it lessens, even corrupts him. The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful.” We hope to continue to immerse our students in the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith. Now is the time!
Now is the time!
We only get one chance to raise our children. Let’s give them the best fighting chance at keeping their faith so we can enjoy eternity together!
Over the past several years it has become abundantly clear that there is a strong demand for an alternative to a strictly secular education. The statistics reveal this startling fact that for youth who do not attend a Catholic high school only 5% remain Sunday mass attendees as adults. Yet, for those who attend Catholic high school that percentage jumps up to 39%! We want to give our children the best chance to embrace their faith because it has eternal consequences. In order to fulfill our Christian duty as parents and educators, it is imperative that we reopen the high school doors so we can continue to fulfill our obligations to “train the mind and form the habits of the young” (St. John Chrysostom).
Pope Francis strongly states that “Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes; either it enables a person to grow or it lessens, even corrupts him. The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful.” We hope to continue to immerse our students in the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith.
Holy Name High School will fully exemplify the five principles of Catholic identity derived from Church documents related to education, including the documents of Vatican II, documents from the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, and the writings of various Popes.
Now is the time!
First, Catholic schools are inspired by a divine mission. All educational efforts are part of the Church’s mission of salvation and evangelization for the good of each student and the good of society.
Second, Catholic schools model Christian communion. Students are formed for relationship with God and with others in love and in service. All instruction is in fidelity with Catholic teaching.
Third, they are places where students encounter Christ in prayer, scripture and sacrament.
Fourth, they are places that integrally form students’ intellectual, spiritual, moral and physical dimensions.
Fifth, they seek to impart a Christian view of the world, humanity, life, culture and of history, ordering the whole of human culture to the news of salvation and the unity of all knowledge.
Now is the time!
We can offer our children an authentic Catholic education at Holy Name Catholic High School.
“Truth, Goodness and Beauty.” A classical education seeks to fulfill each of these precepts. The study of Theology, as well as, Church teaching will further inform students of Christ’s truths. Armed with the truth, students can explore history, philosophy and literature with an eye towards what is good. Through music, sciences, drama and the arts, students will then embark on a quest to what is truly beautiful. Each tenant fulfills the others. In addition, a classical education seeks to inform and call out a student’s whole mind, without compromising the truth, something other schools simply cannot do.
Classical Education is structured and integrated. Its end is not only the transmission of knowledge but also the integration and synthesis of information. It is focused on the acquisition of knowledge through reading by focusing whenever possible on original texts and classics. Classical Education presents various academic disciplines in a sequence corresponding to a pupil’s developing ability to think abstractly, and in an age and developmentally appropriate manner. One studies not simply individual academic disciplines, but also specifically essential truths that transcend the disciplines, especially those truths emphasizing human dignity and worth. It helps to develop a sense of wonder and a love for learning and assists the students to become self-motivated and self-correcting learners.
A Classical Education trains the mind in the tools of learning using the Trivium:
- The Grammar Stage (Grades K-4) which focuses on presenting information, the broad acquisition of facts and laying the foundation of knowledge.
- The Logic Stage (Grades 5-8) which focuses on organizing information gathered in the Grammar Stage, making connections and learning to evaluate evidence.
- The Rhetoric Stage (Grades 9-12) which focuses on synthesizing and learning to express increasingly complex insights with eloquence and precision.
Now is the time!
Let’s continue the classical education that our students are already receiving at Holy Name and help them to ponder truth, goodness, and beauty at Holy Name High School.
“Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance. It is not merely a physical development then. Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole man, and while perfection the body as an instrument of the mind, it also makes the mind itself a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth and helps man to achieve that end to which all others must be subservient, the service and praise of his Creator.” – Pope Pius XII, Sport at the Service of the Spirit July 29, 1945
Holy Name Catholic High School will offer a range of sports and extra-curricular activities for students. We hope to partner with area schools for those we cannot offer at Holy Name High School. All sports will be available based on interest and parent volunteers. Students, parents, and volunteers are welcome to start a club or sport for camaraderie and fun, with School Council approval.
We hope to continue our own Holy Name basketball, volleyball, 8-man football, cheerleading, track and cross country teams and possibly add golf, tennis or archery if needed.
Even though we are a small school, we feel we can field a broad array of teams and have an astonishing success rate given our size. It can be done! We plan to encourage all of our students to consider playing a sport they might not otherwise have attempted or thought they could excel at. Students who might not make a team at a big school may find the opportunity to play and have fun with friends on competitive sports teams at Holy Name High School.
“Sports are not merely the exercise of muscles, but it is the school of moral values and of training in courage, in perseverance, and in overcoming laziness and carelessness. There is no doubt that these values are of greatest interest for the formation of a personality, which considers sports not an end in itself but as a means to total physical, moral and social development.” – St. John Paul II
Now is the time!
We can offer our children a formative and competitive sports program at Holy Name Catholic High School.