Holy Angels Academy to host 40th anniversary celebration April 27

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer

Holy Angels Academy, 12201 Old Henry Road, will host a 40th anniversary celebration and 10th Annual Sister Elise Benefit April 27 at the school.

Joe Norton, headmaster of the school, said the celebration was intended to “highlight the 40 years of academic excellence in our Catholic tradition.”

The anniversary celebration will kick off with a reception at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

Father of Mercy William Casey will serve as the evening’s keynote speaker. He will give a talk titled “Forming Men and Women of Prayer.”

The celebration also will feature drawings for themed gift baskets and live music from the Masterpiece Brass Quartet.

Additionally there will be a prerecorded congratulatory message from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz.

Norton, who has been headmaster of the school for 25 years, said the anniversary celebration is an important fund-raising event for the school.

“It’s no secret that we are struggling financially. We are hoping to reach out more and let people know that we are here,” he said.

Holy Angels Academy has 83 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Norton said the schools’ classical approach to education can trace its root to the Jesuits who placed a high value on educating the person as a whole.

There is a strong emphasis on grammar, logic and rhetoric in the school’s curriculum, Norton noted.

“Training the mind to think is an important part of the classical approach to education,” he said.

The school’s 40th anniversary celebration will be held in conjunction with the 10th annual Sister Elise Benefit.

The benefit is held in honor of Dominican Sister Mary Elise Groves, one of the school’s founders, and serves as a major fund-raising event for the school.

For more information about the event or to purchase dinner tickets call 254-9440. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for Holy Angels alumni and $25 for students.

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