Thursday, January 24, 2019

Transforming our Culture from a Dream (continuation)




You can read the first part here.

Time passed and it was time that was on my side. Our children are still very small and attend a very good school in the suburbs. It is Montessori (a Catholic-based educational method that is student-led) and it is bi-lingual (Spanish-English) which works really well for our bi-lingual family. But the Lord was not going to wait very long to start working on His project.

We scheduled a visit to our community out in Minneapolis in the Summer of 2017 where there happens to be an excellent classical Catholic school that we wanted to check out. It is called Chesterton Academy. We decided to pay them a visit while we were out there. Our encounter with the founder was providential. He ended our very lively conversation with these words "Why don't you open a Chesterton Academy in Detroit?" It's as if the words hung in the air and all of a sudden I was transported back to that evening I sat in the back of the Church asking the Lord what we would do for our kid's future education. "Open a school!" I heard in my heart.

The two events were fused together through God's providence. I knew in my heart that this was the right formula. Chesterton Academy had recently set up a program for parent-led initiatives to open Chesterton Academy's in other parts of the country. It was almost a packaged deal. All we needed was local interest, donors and benefactors and a building. Easy, right?

Needless to say, we returned that summer, I got pregnant and things were put on hold. We picked it right back up in December and started to scout out interest in a Chesterton Academy of Detroit. We had a great turn out and things began to roll. For a bit, it seemed as though we would be able to open the school in the Fall of 2019. But the government has put a damper on our plans. We are not defeated though. Between beaurocracy and an all-out paper-chase, we have seen a recent inspiration of the Holy Spirit in many local Catholic citizens who have forged a great support system for us. I mean, who were we but Mr. and Mrs. Miller with a dream and a lot of desire. It was God who was handling this, we were just his instruments.

Needless to say, the opening of the school has been pushed back to the Fall of 2020 but we are well on our way to making this dream a reality. The dream is not only to provide this type of education for our own children but for countless other families. These families not only wish to provide their children with the right tools to be persons of great faith and service but also so that they may grow into adults who will be able to think and decide for themselves.  We need to equip our young people with the means to exist and thrive outside the suppressive society we are living in. We want to form real ambassadors that lead and forge a culture of change, a change towards hope, freedom, and love.

I must say that this grass-roots effort of Christian homeschool education, hybrid schooling, and Classical education is not a mere coincidence. Many parents are realizing that the public educational system is broken and that our Catholic schools, since after Vatican II, do not have much more to offer. What once set Catholic education apart, the teaching of the faith and the quality of education that surpassed other private schools is now almost non-existent. Parents are waking up and realizing that they cannot leave such a precious aspect of their children's formation in other people's hands. It is the parent who is the first and most important educator of their child.

Please pray for us. We still have many things to iron out but we are very well aware that God is in charge and that He will take care of the details. We move forward in hope and faith.






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2 comments:

  1. This is seriously AMAZING!!! Wow! I want to hear and know everything about this! We lean towards a Catholic hybrid program, though I can't see that they have one in Tampa yet and Pablo keeps telling me we should start something. I wouldn't be opposed to a truly Catholic school like you are talking about here though. What an amazing call God has given you and such a gift that you are responding to his call!

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    1. Anne, let's talk. This school that we are opening are really parent lead schools. The founding school started in the Twin Cities in 2008 and since than there have been a dozen that have opened up by parent initiatives throughout the country. Their goal is to open 100 in 10 years. I think you guys could do this!

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