Celebrate 15 Years of Padre Pio Academy!
Sunday, June 22nd at Shawnee Mission Park
Padre Pio Academy is celebrating 15 years of providing classical Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. In celebration of that milestone, alumni and friends of the school are invited to a potluck dinner and reunion being held in Shelter #10 at Shawnee Mission Park on Sunday afternoon, June 22. The reunion begins at 3:30 with dinner being served picnic-style at 5:30. Please feel free to bring along anything you’d like to add to the table. If you bring drinks, please do not bring alcoholic beverages, as they are not allowed in the park. We would appreciate it if you would call the school at 913-268-3155 to let us know how many people to expect so we have enough food. Hope to see you there!
Catholic to the Core not Common Core
At Padre Pio Academy, Catholicism permeates every aspect of the curriculum. We have never and will never involve our students in unproven educational initiatives such as Common Core.
Our focus is on a classical curriculum rooted in the riches of western civilization, a time-tested method for teaching students how to think, how to acquire knowledge in the classroom, and how to pursue it throughout their lives.
Most important, every subject at Padre Pio Academy is taught in the light of Catholicism that is wholly in union with the teaching magisterium given to the Church at its founding by Jesus (Matthew 16:18-19).
Did you know? . . .
The majority of the Padre Pio alumni received college scholarships and are following God's call to married life, accounting, physical therapy, music ministry, education, criminal justice, economics, political science, culinary arts and even discerning a call to the priesthood!
- Two of our graduates from last year received scholarships to St. James with one receiving the President's scholarship.
- Thirteen of our students competed at the Science Fair at Union Station receiving eight first place awards, five second place awards and one district championship.
I would like to share the experience I had this morning at the PPA all school Mass:
During his homily, Fr. Scott asked the kids what they pray to God for. The majority of our children's hand went up (impressive in itself!). Before reading further, please take a moment to imagine what your prayers would have been for when you were their age....
The actual four answers were:
3rd/4th grader: "To help me know my vocation."
1st/2nd grader: "God's blessings."
3rd/4th grader: "To heal those who are sick.
"5th/6th grader: "To save a soul."
Now I can imagine one could find another school whose students might have similar answers given similar circumstances...but I highly doubt it.
A school is not only great because of solid curricula and teachers; it is also great because of parents who mirror true, good and beautiful teaching at home. So thank you, each and every one of you (teachers, parents, board members, students, etc.) for helping make Padre Pio Academy one of the greatest blessings in my family's life.
Douglas J. Kisgen
Archbishop Naumann's Visit to Our School
On October 31, 2011, Padre Pio Academy was honored by a visit from Archbishop Joseph Naumann, to whom we have long been grateful for his kind recognition of our contribution to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
Archbishop Naumann said Mass for our community in St. Joseph’s Church and then spent time touring our school and meeting our students. It was a very special and unforgettable day for all of us at Padre Pio Academy.