•Welcome to our new school secretary, Mrs. Toni Aeschliman! Her email in the school office is: email@example.com
•If you have uniform clothing your student has outgrown or no longer needs, please consider donating the items to the school. Donations will be offered to parents at both Orientation and on the Opening Night of school next year.
•The New Family BBQ for new students and their parents only is on Saturday, June 17, at 12:00 Noon in the abbey courtyard. Contact the school office for more information.
•The first day of school for the 2017-2018 academic year is Sunday, August 20. Students should arrive around 6:00 PM.
•Those students who wish to play football in the fall should plan on arriving the week before school starts. Players and their families will be contacted by the football coaches by July 1 with more details.
Cardinal John Henry Newman once said: An academic system without the personal influence of teachers upon pupils is an arctic winter; with influence there is life, without it there is none. What he was trying to say was that an institution of learning is made up of more than just textbooks and exams. He recognized that it was the living communication of ideas from teacher to student that forms the essence of a school. The teacher’s “personal touch” adds not a little to the raw materials of education—the facts, the dates, the equations and rules, giving them life, as it were, and influencing a student in a way that no textbook could ever do. Surely we can all recall a particular teacher who, in one way or another, seems to have had a certain impact on our lives by teaching us things that go far beyond the written page.
At St. Michael’s we pride ourselves on this personal influence, on giving our students not just an education but a formation—something which our teacher to student ratio allows us to do quite well. And yet, as good as our teachers may be, as generous as they may have been in giving of their time and talents, the one thing that puts St. Michael’s head and shoulders above any other institution of learning is that one “class,” so to speak, that these 64 young men attend every morning and every evening. Twice a day, at Holy Mass and at Adoration, they knee at the feet of the Divine Master, Christ the Supreme Teacher, and learn lessons not found in any textbook. They receive the personal influence of none other than Jesus Christ, a Divine Person; and with this personal influence comes life, not just metaphorically, but really and truly, in fact, supernaturally.
To be sure, just as with any other class you will find students who complain about having to attend this class. Some will say they are bored and will even fall asleep at times. Others, unfortunately, will goof around on occasion instead of paying attention to what this Teacher has to say to them. Those students, however, who make good use of their time with our Blessed Lord, who listen to Him while He speaks to them in the depths of their hearts and who speak to Him with love and respect, those students will receive an abundance of God’s grace, a share in His own divine life, as well as an influx of His divine wisdom. They will benefit immensely from Christ’s own personal influence. They might not realize or appreciate it now—such is often the case in education; but one day when they reach that “final exam” which we shall all have to take, they will be very glad, to say the least, that they had the golden opportunity of meeting with Christ their Teacher two times a day.
St. Michael’s cannot boast of having the world’s best sports program, or state of the art facilities, or girls; but we can take pride in the fact that we have the best Teacher the world has ever and will ever know. It is no mere rhetoric to say that Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, is among our faculty, and He teaches these young men everyday, twice a day. May they, may all of us, learn from Him; for He wishes, by His personal influence, to take our cold arctic hearts and infuse into them the fire of His divine love, a spark of His infinite wisdom and a share of His eternal life. To Him be all glory and honor for ages and ages. Amen.
•For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
•For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
•For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.