On Saturday, Jan. 26, St. Lawrence Seminary will kick off Catholic Schools Week with their 40th Annual Winter Carnival. The theme for this year's Winter Carnival is "You're Only Cold Once."
Brother Dismas Seward, a long-time Capuchin at St. Lawrence, began this tradition in 1973 and dedicated it to Our Lady of the Snows. Winter Carnival plans include prayer services in the morning and evening, relays, ice football, snow soccer, sledding, jousting, a student (the Hilltoppers) vs. faculty (the Over-the-Hilltoppers) basketball game and closing ceremonies. The carnival will begin the school's week-long celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
The week-long celebration is part of a nation-wide recognition of the gift of Catholic education and the contributions made by Catholic school graduates. This year's theme for the celebration is Catholic Schools: Raise the Standards.
St. Lawrence's Catholic Schools Week celebration continues with another tradition established in 1999. During Catholic Schools Week, employees who have reached a milestone in their career are recognized by the friars, staff and students. Four staff members of St. Lawrence will be honored at Mass on Monday, Jan. 28, at which Fr. John Celichowski, OFM Cap., Provincial Minister of the Province of St. Joseph of Detroit, MI, will preside. The entire Seminary community as well as honoree family members and close friends will be invited to the Mass. After the Mass, St. Lawrence will host a banquet for the invited guests, staff and students.
This year, Brother Jerry Campbell, OFM Cap. will be honored for 40 years as a Capuchin and Mr. Jeffrey Krieg for twenty-five years as a Social Studies teacher. Two dedicated employees who retired in early January will also be recognized. Mr. Joe Schaefer worked in the maintenance department for more than thirty-two years and Sister Mildred Warner, SSSF worked with our students and staff for almost twenty years. We at St. Lawrence are grateful to these employees for all they have done and for their dedication to the school.
To conclude the celebration, on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the entire St. Lawrence Seminary student body will join with other area Catholic schools to celebrate the National Catholic Schools Week Liturgy at Holy Family Catholic Community Parish in Fond du Lac. Eight members of the St. Lawrence choir will join in the combined choir and a number of student musicians will lead "We Are Marching" featuring African drums.
St. Lawrence Seminary High School is a residential high school for young men willing to learn to discern what God is calling them to do with their lives, whether it be religious or lay, married or single. For over 150 years young men have travelled from all over the world and from around the United States to benefit from the high academic standards St. Lawrence has always been known for. St. Lawrence is located atop a 450-foot hill in Mt. Calvary and boasts state of the art computer and science labs, as well as an outstanding gym and fitness center.
Students compete in a variety of sports with other WIAA schools, including soccer, cross country, wrestling, basketball, baseball, tennis and track, at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels. In addition, the math and forensics teams are very successful. Graduates go on to a variety of careers, including priests, brothers, deacons, or lay careers in medicine, law, education, the military, or any other career imaginable.