Old Main Building Circa 2010 The day the top of the Tower Fell, Nov. 2013
March 2015 May 1, 2015
It is with a twinge of sadness that we see the temporary removal and storage of the two Mary statues that we had prominantly displayed in front of the Old Main Building and the entrance to the current high school. To quell this sadness, let us make a point to take Mary into our hearts and homes in a special way this month. It has been a tradition highly held in the past at SMSA that May be specially dedicated to the devotion of Mary. May often held a very special May Crowning Ceremony where a lucky girl would be the May Queen and have the privilege of crowning the Blessed Mother in the Ceremony. As, we begin the construction of a new school and continue to change and grow, let us make this month of May the occasion for a "moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance" (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1). So, let us offer up the future of our school system to our Patron, the Blessed Mother and bring her into our lives in a purposeful and specific way. One good practice is to recite the rosary daily and offer it up for a cause of your choice. You can also join several of our parents each Monday afternoon at St. Mary's Church at 2:35pm to pray a rosary for the benefit of the future of SMSA. As Bishop Hugh Doyle stated, “No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary." If Mary has to be temporarily stored and reburbished for her Glorious return upon the completion of our new school let us keep her ever present in our hearts and our prayer lives. She wishes for our system to succeed, and she wishes for us to fly unto her for her graces. Trust in Mary, trust in the rosary, trust in Jesus Christ.
The foundation of the new school building has begun being poured out on the ledge. The concrete was poured just to the south of the current high school building. The last couple weeks have seen a large amount of earth moved from where the high school entrance used to be. A new entrance has been created through the Trophy Lobby doors. Great weather has given the construction crews a great start on this amazing project!
April 22, 2015 will officially mark the beginning on the construction of St. Mary's Springs Academy's new Preschool - 8th grade addition to the current standing SMSA High School and the start of phase 1 of a process to renew and reinvigorate Catholic Education in Fond du Lac, WI. The ceremony was held on a cold afternoon under a tent looking out across Hwy K to the site where the new building will one day stand. Several distinguished guests spoke to the crowd of nearly 200 about the rich history of SMSA, the institutions impact on the greater Fond du Lac region, as well as prayers and hopes for the future. To call this event momentous might not fully describe the significance of what has happened to bring SMSA to this point, or to properly excite for what is in store in the future. The Second Century Campaign has very nearly reached its $24.3 million goal and has over half already collected. The sheer outpouring of support and generosity by way of donations shown for this project is unlike anything ever accomplished in the Fond du Lac region! Many very accomplished individuals and families have reached down deep to make this construction a reality and many cite their unforgettable and irreplaceable Catholic education received at St. Mary's Springs Academy as their motivating factor. SMSA is also receiving the full support of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as stated by Dr. Kathleen Cepelka '65, Archdiocesan Superintendent of School and current SMSA Board Member. Dr. Cepelka spoke about SMSA as a "Jewel of the North" and how positively necessary the Archdiocese sees this construction to continue advancing and offering affordable, academically excellent, Catholic education in the region. Fr. Ryan Pruess, SMSA Priest Designate, prayed with us and offered a blessing for the area the new school will be built. Anyone would be remiss if they did not acknowledge and thank Holy Family Catholic Community, the largest yearly SMSA benefactor, for their constant support and religious guidance as well. Distinguished alumni Mark Hutter '84, Allen Buechel '65, and Dr. Tim Twohig '61 were also presenters on this day. Mark Hutter emceed and shared many aspects about those who have given so tirelessly to bring this project from an idea, to paper, and then to reality. Allen Buechel, Fdl County Executive, spoke to the impact that SMSA has had and will continue to have on the Fond du Lac region, and Dr. Tim Twohig spoke about attending, sending his children, and now watching his grandchildren experience the same excellence in education he had received so many years ago. Finally, we heard from Sr. Jean Steffes, General Superior of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes, to bring the past to the present. She spoke of the integral part the Sisters of St. Agnes have had in, not only St. Mary's Springs Academy's legacy, but on that of the entire Fond du Lac region. Sr. Jean beautifully weaved the past into the present and gave us a closing prayer asking for the Holy Spirit's guidance as we move forward. A special thanks is given to the SMSA Board of Directors, the Second Century Campaign Steering Committee, the Building Committees, the Campaign Cabinet, the generous donors of all kinds, and the families of the past, present, and future that make SMSA what it is. Finally, All Praise and Glory be to Jesus Christ, for it is with His unyielding love, guidance, and mercy that we are able to do all things. May we continue to be focused on bringing His Word to the children of this world and form them to bring His Love to all they meet. This is neither a beginning nor an end, this is simply the next step in the history of St. Mary's Springs Academy. Come along for the ride! MORE PICTURES HERE