Among some Catholic populations, St. Anthony and urgent pleas of discovering lost items go hand in hand every day. Historically, however, St. Anthony is remembered as a powerful preacher and teacher.
“I ask that if you find anything edifying, anything consoling, anything well presented, that you give all praise, all glory and all honor to the Blessed Son of God Jesus Christ. If on the other hand, you find anything that is ill composed, uninteresting or not to well explained, you impute and attribute it to my weakness, blindness, and lack of skill.”
While invited on October 29, 2009, to St. Anthony High School, Milwaukee, WI for a vocation awareness presentation, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were impressed with parents devoted to this Franciscan patron who are actively seeking and sacrificing for excellence in Catholic education for their children. A friendly place of learning, Principal Romas Cruz was also at the front door to introduce himself.
Here are some findings about St. Anthony High School:
- The school was approved to be established in February, 2009 by Archbishop Timothy Dolan and began classes on August 31, 2009.
- The school has an enrollment of 112 students.
- A building just north of W. Mitchell St. on S. 9th St. in Milwaukee houses the high school.
- The school is the first new Catholic high school in the Milwaukee archdiocese in more than 25 years.
- It is the first Catholic high school to operate on the south side and within the boundaries of the city of Milwaukee since St. Mary’s Academy closed in 1991.
- Parents who live on the south side of Milwaukee are able to choose a high school with easy transportation and where they can take advantage of the school voucher program
Father Hilary Brzezinski, OFM, pastor of St.Anthony Parish, also welcomed the Franciscan Sisters and Father John Puodziunas, OFM, another Franciscan Friar of the Assumption Province, who joined the Sisters in interacting with the ninth grade students during their normally scheduled religion class.
What does St. Anthony High School mean to students?