Catholic Identity Starts in High School

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Benedictine College president Stephen D. Minnis congratulates 50 high schools recognized today for their Catholic identity.

The Honor Roll, which has recognized Catholic identity in high schools since 2004, is a kind of companion to The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The Catholic High School Honor Roll competition’s results for 2012-2013 were released Sept. 20,  by the Cardinal Newman Society.

“To build up leaders who are unabashed in their Catholic identity, colleges are crucial, and great high schools provide irreplaceable preparation,” said Minnis. He is a member of the National Collegiate Advisory Board of the Catholic High School Honor Roll.

The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence. Others receive honors for special recognition in particular categories.

“The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day — not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.

Click here for the Cardinal Newman Society’s analysis of this year’s list.

“Benedictine College sends special congratulations to these schools,” said Minnis. “We consider them partners in our efforts to build up the Church in America far into the future.”

The full list of honorees follows:

Top 50 Catholic High Schools for excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civics education:

Saint Augustine Academy, Ventura
Saint Michael’s Preparatory School, Silverado
Saint Monica Academy, Pasadena

Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School, Denver

Padua Academy, Wilmington

Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami
Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, Ave Maria

Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta
Pinecrest Academy, Cummings

Saint Joseph High School, South Bend
Saint Theodore Guerin High School, Noblesville

Holy Angels Academy, Louisville

John Paul the Great Academy, Lafayette

Trivium School, Lancaster

Mount de Sales Academy, Catonsville

Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi
Everest Collegiate High School, Clarkston
Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor
Saint Francis High School, Traverse City
West Catholic High School, Grand Rapids

Chesterton Academy, Minneapolis
Providence Academy, Plymouth
Saint Agnes School, St. Paul

Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau

New York
All Hallows High School, Bronx
Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Elmhurst
The Montfort Academy, Katonah

Aquinas Academy, Gibsonia
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg
Geibel Catholic Middle-High School, Connellsville
Oakland Catholic High School, Pittsburgh
Quigley Catholic High School, Baden
Saint Joseph High School, Natrona Heights
Serra Catholic High School, McKeesport

South Carolina
St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Greenville

South Dakota
O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls

Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville
Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga
Saint Cecilia Academy, Nashville

Bishop T. K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, Tyler
Faustina Academy, Irving
Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Muenster
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School, Fort Worth
The Atonement Academy, San Antonio
The Highlands School, Irving

Paul VI Catholic High School, Fairfax
Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Dumfries
Seton School, Manassas

Xavier High School, Appleton

Catholic high schools awarded Special Recognition in one or two Honor Roll categories:

Excellence in Catholic Identity and Civic Education
Holy Cross Academy, Oneida, NY
Holy Rosary Academy, Anchorage, AK
Saint Joseph Academy, San Marcos, CA

Excellence in Academics and Civic Education
Marquette Catholic High School, Alton, IL
Notre Dame Preparatory School, Pontiac, MI

Excellence in Catholic Identity
Antonian College Preparatory High School, San Antonio, TX
Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, IL
John Paul II High School, Corpus Christi, TX
Pius X High School, Lincoln, NE
Pope John XXIII High School, Katy, TX
Salesianium School, Wilmington, DE
The Lyceum, South Euclid, OH

Excellence in Academics
Beckman High School, Dyersville, IA
Holy Family High School, Broomfield, CO
Rosati-Kain High School, St. Louis, MO
St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis, MO
St. Pius X Catholic High School, Atlanta, GA
The Aquinas Institute, Rochester, NY

Excellence in Civic Education
Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, IN
Cardinal Gibbons High School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Catholic Memorial High School, Waukesha, WI
Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA
Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Saginaw, MI


Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.