Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Chesterton Academy Opening Day

Yesterday, a new adventure began.

Chesterton Academy opened its doors for its first day of classes. After an early morning Mass, Ten students gathered around a table at Eliot Community Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and I had the privilege of telling them what they were in for. We began by talking about the meaning of the Incarnation and that everything they would learn during their time at Chesterton Academy would somehow be connected to that Truth. They are going to learn about the Word and the importance of words, starting with one of the best practitioners of words in the English language – so I handed out a couple of essays by G.K. Chesterton.

Headmaster John DeJak then took over and began their first Latin lesson.

By the end of the day they will have a head full of history, algebra, philosophy, astronomy, and Old Testament. Art and music to follow. All tied together in a beautiful, seamless package, all connected to the Truth. As Chesterton says, “There is only one subject.”

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support and for helping make this happen.

Your servant,
Dale Ahlquist, President


  1. Congratulations!

    In Madison, WI, my son started his senior year at St. Ambrose Academy.

    Founded with the same humble beginnings as Chesterton Academy, St. Ambrose is starting its 6th year with 45 students. Our little community has the enthusiastic support of our Bishop and a small army of loving volunteers.

    God bless Dale and the courageous students and teachers for taking this leap of faith! This will bear fruit beyond your wildest imaginings.

  2. Huzzah!

    Wish I could have been there.

    Let me know if you need a guest artist/visiting instructor. I know one who will work for beer.


  3. Ha, TJ! I'll bet that Father Brown (of the Brown family) will also work for beer!

  4. Dale,

    I am so pleased to hear your good report! You keep up the hard work and we'lll keep up the prayers, deal?


  5. Oh, it sounds like a dream! I want to be there! I'll pray for everyone's success.

    Sorry about that algebra thing, though -- God NEVER said "Solve for X." So there.

    -- Mack in Texas, godless, satanic, America-bashing, homosexuality-promoting, condom-distributing, blah-blah-blah public-school teacher.


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