Not All Revolutions Are Completely Good

The core of the social studies curriculum at MRA is the study of our own nation's founding, and the positive values that instigated the revolution of the colonists against the British. Enduring ideas such as respect for human dignity, freedom for the good, religious tolerance, and the natural law inspired the colonists to act. In the French Revolution, rebels were inspired by a different set of core values - values associated with the philosophy of the Enlightenment - which ultimately led to immoral and poor actions on behalf of those leading the revolution. We challenge students to discover t...

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MRA Basketball Program Capitalizes on NEW St. Joseph's Gymnasium

Mount Royal is extremely excited to have 4 basketball teams this season! What a wonderful way to give thanks to God for the beautiful gymnasium that he has so generously given us? Our basketball program is comprised of a junior high level boys and girls team, and also a high school boys and girls roster. The junior high teams have been invited into the Merrimack Basketball League, and we have gratefully accepted the invitation. We also have games scheduled against local public and private schools from the surrounding area. The high school teams compete against member schools of the Southern Ne...

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December Letter from our Headmaster

Dear Families, The word “Advent” come from the Latin word “adventus” meaning arrival. It is the season when we prepare our hearts for the arrival of Christ on Christmas.  As we enjoy our annual school traditions this Advent I am realizing how important they are to the children.  Many of the students have been checking with their teachers to make sure we are continuing certain traditions this year and visibly happy to hear they will continue. I was recently reading an article by Allison Woods titled, “More Than Memories: The Importance of Traditions”.  In it Ms. Woods makes that point that trad...

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Spirit Week Recap

Last week the Mount Royal Student Government sponsored a popular and developing tradition: Spirit Week. Spirit Week is an opportunity where students demonstrate their passion for Mount Royal. Like most school-wide events, upper school students and lower school students come together and enjoy each others company. On Monday we celebrated our weekly Mass, bringing together all of those special intentions that have been entrusted to our school community, and presenting them to Jesus in the highest form of prayer, the Holy Sacrifice on the altar. Tuesday was a day when visitors to the school certa...

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Thanksgiving Reflection

November 25, 2011 As I was cleaning my desk the other day I came across a note that was made to myself. The note simple said, “reflection on MRA graduation”. The deadline Mr. Tremblay gave me was woefully missed! There were a myriad of thoughts and emotions running through my being that beautiful June day.  Both sets of grandparents were in attendance. Our recently transferred pastor Father Richard St. Louis was officiating the graduation ceremony which included Mass at St. Joachim. (It must be noted that Fr. Rick was a great supporter of the Mount Royal Mission.)  There were the party plans a...

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Big Turnout at 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Event

Mount Royal Academy hosted its 4th annual Holiday Shopping Event in early November.  While the event had been run in previous years, this was the first time it was held in the new gymnasium in the St. Joseph Center. More than 30 vendors sold items ranging from lighted pine cone baskets to American Girl doll clothes, wooden items to jewelry, wooden folk art to locally made maple products.  Particularly popular were the hand knit and hand crocheted hats and many kids could be seen walking around sporting their new hear wear. Vendors were very pleased with the event and many have already reserved...

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Why go to China?

I was recently dispatched to China by our Headmaster in order to meet directly with prospective international students with a strong interest in coming to the United States of America for secondary education. As I have been interviewing students, speaking with other educators, and attempting to absorb the astonishing sights of the Chinese culture, my reflection at the end of the day has always led me to this question: Why is God calling Mount Royal to welcome Chinese students to our school community? My observations have only reinforced my awareness of the distinct charism of our school commun...

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Martin Doman at Mount Royal

Mount Royal Academy will be hosting acclaimed Catholic musician Martin Doman on Friday, November 18th for an evening of praise and worship. The concert begins at 7:00pm. Youth within and outside our school community will also be led by Martin through a spiritual retreat during the regular school days hours. Martin is  featured on EWTN and Catholic TV, and is currently serving as director of praise and worship for Ave Maria University. Martin has led worship for Steubenville’s Youth Conferences. Families and youth groups are invited to join Mount Royal for a night of unforgettable praise and wo...

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Knights Soccer Update

With only 2 weeks remaining in the regular season, the Knights have demonstrated significant growth. Our record doesn't quite reflect the improvement in team play, as we stand at 3-5 overall, and 3-1 in league play. Losses are typically losses only on the scoreboard, because the Knights have competed well against all foes. The Knights have proven themselves capable of winning any game, but we have failed to cultivate a sense of confidence and focus that could potentially enable us to string together several wins. The handiwork of God's gracious hand is always visible nevertheless, as evidenced...

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Mount Royal Opens New St. Joseph Center

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