The event, with Acadiana's own Bernadette Lee of KPEL as guest Mistress of Ceremonies, was sold out! We are very grateful for all those who helped make this year's event so enjoyable for everyone! In particular we want to thank Ms. Dana Blanchard, Ms. Allison Rielly, Ms. Katherine Odinet and Ms. Paula Daniels, as well as everyone else who sacrificed so much time, resources and prayers. Merci Beaucoup!
There were many highlights of the evening which included our own Academy Schola Cantorum...
Live Music from the new Copper Band...
As well as an amazing silent and live auction hosted by Senator Fred Mills. Senator Santorum offered a bonus item: an auction of his home-grown fruit Jelly, made by him and his children. When asked "how much jelly" he said they were large jelly jars, but if a jar brought more than $200, he'd add another. A patron immediately offered $1,000. 5 jars of jelly went a long way for a very good cause!
The speech was FANTASTIC. Rick's theme of the evening? Commitment.
If we're going to save our civilization, we're going to have to be at least as committed as those who want to bring it down! "You have an opportunity to put that lamp up on a stand where it belongs here in Lafayette," Santorum said. "I ask each and every one of you, for the sake of your country, stand up and take on the responsibility of your generation. This is a turning point in American history."
We have much to be grateful for at John Paul the Great Academy! Thank you again for everyone's prayers and sacrifices! God Bless you during these last few weeks of Lent and as we look forward to Easter and the great joy's of Christ's Resurrection!
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With that privilege, however, comes responsibilities. Our tripartite mission—spiritual formation, academic knowledge, and physical growth—requires a steadfast commitment from me, the Academy’s faculty, and its Board of Trustees. In a society beset with despair and loss of faith, the Gospel message brings hope. It is that hope that we share with each other and with our community. As Christians, we are “in the world, but not of it” (John 17). Your continued prayers for John Paul the Great Academy and for those of us dedicated to fulfilling its mission will always be a source of inspiration.
Naturally, as a new school, “excitement” best defines our mood, whether we are students, teachers, or administrators. As that excitement turns into the routine of the school year, we will turn our focus from the newness of the Academy to the goals that our students have for their future. As a faculty, our teaching will be driven by our conviction that master teachers equip their students with the knowledge and skills to turn their dreams into reality.
With that strategy to guide our instruction, and with the Holy Spirit to reveal to us where the future of the Academy lies, the next year promises to be an exhilarating experience. May the Lord continue to bless us with the grace and confidence to always answer “Yes!” to His call. Our patron, Pope John Paul the Great, would ask for nothing less.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D.
President & Headmaster