"Throughout the Called To Be One planning process, and now the beginnings of Stella Maris Academy, I have been blessed with many opportunities to visit with families and staff members discussing the future of Catholic school education in Duluth. Admittedly, some of the conversations are more challenging than others, yet throughout, one thing is sure, Catholic school education is dearly loved in our community. Our school families are experiencing a time of great change which naturally brings a multitude of feelings such as anxiousness, grief, anticipation, and wonder. Over time, as I have listened intently, the conversations have turned from anxiousness and concern to expressions of hope and the trust, respect and faith in our school and those leading Stella Maris Academy to a bright and thriving future. My epiphany of sorts...witnessing the tide turning- clearly God's love is stronger than the struggle.
I recently ran into a friend who had been working through a big decision- would their child continue on with Stella Maris Academy for middle school or would they decide on another option. This is a priority topic for families who are right now still discerning where they want their child to attend. Much comes into play while making these decisions and I empathize with the struggle. I feel for the families who may still feel stuck in this decision and may have not had their epiphany yet - indecision is a hard place to be.
We are blessed with many options to educate our children in Duluth, however, we have one choice for Catholic school education. As families weigh their options, they identify key determining factors as well as opportunity costs. An option other than Stella Maris Academy might be satisfactory, and the kids will be "just fine" no matter where they go. However, after much reflection on the many blessings and experiences of being a part of Catholic school community, my friends determined that "just fine" was not acceptable. They want more for their child, and Catholic school education was the only choice, because they know it will be exemplary. I believe my friends experienced an epiphany when they decided to continue with Stella Maris Academy middle school. Thanks be to God.
May the light of Christ in Stella Maris Academy continue to shine bright on our families and community, and I offer my prayers for those who are still deciding!"
~submitted by Mrs. Hilaire Hauer, Vice Chair Stella Maris Academy Board