• Graduation is still planned for Memorial Day, May 25, at 2:00 PM, in the abbey courtyard.
• More information on the date for the Sacrament of Confirmation coming soon.
• As you can see from the pictures, our faculty and staff (even Mr. Aeschliman is still on duty, no joke!) are still working hard each day to bring the students an excellent Catholic education.
The very first pope, St. Peter, in his very first encyclical (1 Peter 2:21), in the very first days of the Church, said to the first Christians: Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you might follow in His footsteps. Those first followers of Christ would very soon learn what St. Peter was talking about. So many, if not most, of those first Christians suffered much, even to the point of shedding their blood, for their Catholic Faith, thus watering, as it were, the first seeds of the Church with their own blood. In the words of St. Augustine: They planted the Church in their own blood.
We just followed our Lord’s footsteps liturgically through His bitter Passion. In so doing we commemorate His salvific work, but we also are reminded of what we are called to do as His followers. For, where the Head goes, so also must the Body. Why should we be surprised when we see the Church, His Body, undergoing immense persecution? Should we expect to enter into His glory without going through His Passion? If we wish to live eternally with our Savior in His glorious Resurrection, we must share for a time in His sorrowful Passion.
Pray now and continue to pray especially during this week, during the Holy Triduum most especially, for the grace to love the Cross, not just accept and carry it, but to love it! For the Cross is our “only hope”. It is upon the Cross that our Lord draws all to Himself; it is upon the Cross that He will raise us up. So hold onto tightly. Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you might follow in His footsteps.
• That students might be able to return to school on May 3.
• 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
After more than 50 years of transforming high school boys into well prepared Catholic young men, St. Michael’s Preparatory School will be closing its doors after the 2019-2020 school year, in anticipation of the move to our new abbey home. Our community will continue to participate actively in the numerous apostolates we are currently serving in; parishes, chaplaincies, retreats, Catholic radio, Catholic schools, etc. This transition calls us particularly to re-focus our efforts on educating our 40 current (and future) seminarians, in the spirit of our founder and great reformer of the Church, St. Norbert. Yes, God has blessed us greatly and we move onward continuing to trust in His holy will for us.
To our St. Michael’s Preparatory alumni and families, you will remain a beloved part of our legacy. Pioneers and Archangels are always welcome at our new abbey home!