The 15 year Anniversary Celebration was a hit!
A special thank you to all of the people who came to the 15th anniversary celebration. It was so much fun seeing all of the old and new faces of Padre Pio Academy. My favorite part was watching many of our alumni seeing friends they haven't seen in years! What a blessing! We are looking forward to the next 15 years and with Our Dear Lord's grace, we will continue to grow and educate our future leaders! Thanks to everyone for making it such a big success.
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.