We humbly appeal to you, our community, to prayerfully support Holy Rosary Academy’s current students. This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are refocusing the goal of our Centurion Project annual fund drive to provide tuition assistance to our families enduring economic hardship. We hope to raise at least $25,000 to support our families in need. Families that have chosen a classical education for their children should continue to have that education available despite any new economic realities they are facing resulting from this pandemic.
Your generosity helps us continue our work in supporting the formation of holy men and women at a place where faith and reason meet in the pursuit of excellence.
Deacon Klump, Alumnus
We asked Deacon Klump to share his thoughts on his experience with Holy Rosary Academy helping him to develop in faith. This is what he shared:
Holy Rosary Academy provided me with a solid Catholic education in a few ways:
- The school made the Sacramental Life of the Church frequently available to us and demonstrated the centrality of the Holy Eucharist and of prayer. The staff ensured that a priest regularly offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for us in the school chapel and that we could even receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation there at the school. It was at Holy Rosary Academy that I first began to altar serve and that a priest brought up the idea of a vocation to the Priesthood to me and my classmates for the first time. We regularly gathered in the chapel as a school to pray the Rosary of Our Lady. We regularly prayed the Stations of the Cross during Lent. We were given a solid education in the devotional life of the Church.
- We were given a solid catechetical and philosophical foundation which acted as a beacon for me later on in life.Holy Rosary Academy aims to develop an effective moral judgment in its students.
- The school’s focus on prayer life, chant, Sacraments, religious, philosophical and community-minded education have produced a climate and culture of Catholic education: one is not simply educated by the teachers at Holy Rosary Academy, one is educated by the students as well. Students are influenced not only by their teachers, but also by their peers. At Holy Rosary Academy, by-and-large, this influence is positive.
Macklen, 12th Grade
When you meet Macklen, the first thing you’ll notice is his kind, welcoming and confident demeanor. For a student who can tout many impressive academic achievements including a perfect math SAT score, there is no air of pride or boastfulness with him.
When asked how he achieved his perfect SAT score he shares, “I just felt prepared. I really love math and helping other students with math which really just helps me understand the concepts better.”
Macklen also excels in Theology and Philosophy course work. He likes to be the devil’s advocate when discussing a new topic. He remembers the first question posed by his teacher to begin discussing using logic concepts from Socrates. It was, “What does it mean to be a hero.” It was a topic that appealed to his enjoyment of superheroes – but also piqued his interest because of how complex the question turned out to be.
In that exploration, and many other discussions in years following, he has learned that, “A good debater shows a calm passion, the ability to receive the ideas of the other side, and keeps the argument to the argument itself.”
Macklen likes a lot of things about Holy Rosary Academy. As he prepares to be a college freshman next year focusing on computer science and cyber security, he appreciates all the ways HRA has readied him. He appreciates the teachers that made class interesting, shared a sense of humor and were always good at explaining difficult concepts; and he even appreciates the uniform he wore everyday enjoying the confidence he is able to show being comfortable in a suit and tie!
Victoria, 7th Grade
We believe all of our students have stand out qualities in the area of virtue. But when teachers were asked to consider a student to highlight, Victoria quickly came to the top. Victoria likes to help people and be a voice of calm with her fellow students.
Victoria shared, “Fortitude is to help others, it’s my favorite virtue…I like to help others and help other students when I see them in a down time.” She also believes that living virtuously, which she describes as the “habitual and formed disposition to do good” helps to get strong in faith.
At Holy Rosary, she says, “the teachers come up with creative ways to teach about the virtues and find ways for us to actually do them.” As an example, during Lent her teachers are highlighted a Virtue of the Week and challenged the students to focus on that virtue in their daily actions for the week.
Victoria also works to apply her learning about virtues into her daily life outside of school as well. She shares that fortitude, in particular, helps her in sports. She participates in volleyball, basketball and dance. She particularly enjoys dance and seems to be a bit of a natural – but shares that she gets a lot of joy helping her fellow dancers to learn the routines and improve so the whole team improves together. “It makes me feel happy for them when they get the moves and I helped them out.” This is a perspective she continues to foster at Holy Rosary Academy.