Bishop Bruskewitz to be Featured Speaker at Chesterton Gala

An excerpt from a March 2010 article by Tom Bengston in The Wanderer ... The Most Rev. Fabian Bruskewitz, bishop of Lincoln, Neb., is scheduled to deliver the Cultura Vitae lecture at the Chesterton Academy spring benefit gala on April 23, at the University Club in downtown St. Paul. The high- profile event comes near the end of the second year of operation for Chesterton Academy, a high school started in fall of 2008 with just 10 students. Today, the school enrolls 20 students in grades nine, ten, and eleven, and expects to add 15 to 20 students when the 2010- 2011 school year begins this fall.

Chesterton Academy was formed to give families access to a quality, religious high school at a modest tuition. The result of a grass- roots movement of parents, Chesterton Academy is a pro- family, independent high school offering an integrated, college preparatory curriculum centered on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. The school is named for the great English writer, G.K. Chesterton, who wrote on a variety of subjects in the early 20th century. Every school day at Chesterton Academy starts with Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park; instruction takes place at a nearby community center.

The classical curriculum is presented by a dedicated faculty — each member takes an oath of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church at the beginning of the school year. A robust parent group meets regularly to plan and conduct extracurricular activities. In the fall, nearly all the students participated in the school’s bowling team; later in the year, many students participated in the school’s Mock Trial program, which performed remarkably well for a first-year team.