A Vision to Reopen Holy Name High School
Opening the doors for a new generation!
To bring more souls to Heaven by preparing students for temporal and eternal life with an education rooted in the Catholic faith.
To immerse our students in the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith and culture by offering our students a Pre-K through 12th grade Classical Catholic Curriculum.
To raise 10.7 million dollars which will include an endowment fund portion to help with long term operating expenses, finance construction of new classrooms, parking lot additions, provide tuition support for students including mission trips and retreats offering a well-rounded educational experience.
NOW IS THE TIME TO REOPEN HOLY NAME CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
“The future is in your heart and in your hands. God is entrusting you to the task.” ~ Pope John Paul II
Dear Holy Mother and Good St. Joseph, cover us with your protective mantels and lead us into the Sacred as we begin this prayer. We trust you will place it before the holy throne of God and upon His high altar and that He will receive and sanctify our petition.
Eternal Father, thank you for the gift of children and the parental right to educate them. You always provide for our needs. Please bless our fundraising efforts to reopen Holy Name Catholic High School. We ask for patience and perseverance as we pursue the funds necessary for our school. Please open the hearts of generous donors. We beg the intercession of St. John Bosco, patron saint of students and builder of schools, and St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelic Doctor of the Church, patron of schools and wisdom for students. Pray for us!
Thank you Lord ahead of time for all you are going to do. Holy angels and St. Michael, pray for us!
We ask all this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
“What I think is so important about reopening Holy Name Catholic High School is that I do not want my catholic education to end in 8th grade. I want to continue my journey with Jesus. I want to be close to him all week long. I want to be able to learn about my faith along with my other studies. I like that I can talk openly about my faith and when I go to school every morning, I know I’m going to be with my school family.”
Natalie Williams, 7th grade student at Holy Name
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.
Many parents are very impressed by the education and values espoused by the school and want their students to continue their education at Holy Name Catholic High School. In the past ten years requests for reopening a high school have continued to increase and our enrollment has steadily grown from 258 to 333 students.
Only 5% of youth who attend a public high school remain Sunday Mass attendees as adults, compared to 39% of graduates from a Catholic high school!
Recently, a parent survey showed enough interest to continue the push to reopen Holy Name Catholic High School.
Please pray for our initiative to reopen Holy Name Catholic High School! Monetary donations are greatly needed. Our planning committee meets biweekly and welcomes all who are interested in this endeavor. Please contact the school if you are interested in helping in any way.
Attendance from outlying districts is highly anticipated. Many families have expressed interest in their children attending a Holy Name Catholic High School. Plans are being developed for carpooling and potential host families for commuting students.
Plans have been made to build an addition including a new main entrance and centralized administrative offices , 7 classrooms, and a high school library upon completion of the second phase of our capital campaign. This will ensure space for our growing Holy Name school family under one roof.
Holy Name Catholic High School will not impact the tuition rates for the elementary and middle school. The Capital Campaign has been designed to raise enough funds to ensure Holy Name Catholic High School will be self-sustaining.
Substantial amounts of scholarship and financial aid are available to many current Holy Name families. Every effort is being made to continue to keep tuition affordable for local families at the high school level.
Of course HNCHS will have sports teams! Our newly remodeled gym and athletic field will accommodate existing sports through high
school with a good possibility of partnering with local school districts to offer a wide range of athletic opportunities for our students.
Share-time possibilities have been discussed with some area school districts and we plan to ensure the best opportunities for our youth.
HNCHS will continue to use a Catholic Classical Education which takes us back to the basics: how to read, how to think, how to write and how to speak. Catholic Classical Education naturally creates a culture of academic rigor, moral encouragement, and religious devotion.
Yes, every effort will be made to ensure that every student is able to fulfill their greatest potential and be prepared for higher education and purpose.
Students will continue to be immersed in our loving Holy Name school family. They will strengthen their relationship with God and
others in love and in service. Students will encounter Christ in prayer, scripture, and sacrament. “Holy Name is not just a school… it’s a way of life!”
New teachers who are passionately Catholic and highly qualified in their subject will be hired to educate the high school students.
Yes, according to the Department of Education, busing will continue to be available to all of our students who live within the Escanaba School District.
Joyfully Catholic! High school can be a great adventure filled daily with faith, fellowship, and fun. Students will have plenty of opportunities
through athletics, performing arts, clubs, dances, and life skill enrichment to grow in friendship with Christ and others.
Service will be central and infused throughout the curriculum. Students will be expected to put virtue into practice outside the classroom
through mission trips, community outreach and support of our sister school in Honduras.
Why Catholic Education?
“The Catholic school’s proper function is to create for the school community a special atmosphere animated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity, to help youth grow according to the new creatures they were made through baptism as they develop their own personalities, and finally to order the whole of human culture to the news of salvation so that the knowledge the students gradually acquire of the world, life and man is illumined by faith.” – His Holiness Pope Paul VI, October 28, 1965
“In fact it must never be forgotten that the subject of Christian education is man whole and entire, soul united to body in unity of nature, with all his faculties natural and supernatural, such as right reason and revelation show him to be…” – His Holiness Pope Pius XI, “Divini lllius Magistri,” 1929
“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. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. This is why there are so many subjects — because development is the results of different elements that act together and stimulate intelligence, knowledge, the emotions, the body, and so on.” – Pope Francis
“The Gospel message is the definitive response to the deepest longings of the human heart. Young Catholics have a right to hear the full content of that message in order to come to know Christ, the One Who has overcome death and opened the door to salvation.”
“To educate in the truth, and for genuine freedom and evangelical love, is at the very heart of the Church’s mission. In a cultural climate in which moral norms are often thought to be matters of personal preference, Catholic schools have a crucial role to play in leading the younger generation to realize that freedom consists above all in being able to respond to the demands of the truth…” – St. John Paul II