10Apr

Another Student Featured in the “Star of Bethlehem”

This week, I am delighted to share another student’s work published in the Star of Bethlehem. Katherine McMenaman is a very talented painter and recently contributed this piece titled “Sign of Contradiction.” You can take a look at her work and read the accompanying reflection that she wrote below. 

-Mr. Ambrose Bean, Humanities Teacher

The artist's meditation:

“This is the Sign of Contradiction. It contradicts the things you have been told: that life is confirmed by the things of the world; that life is everything we have here and now; that someday, in the end, you will be plucked out of the...

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10Apr

The meaning of history

Immediately prior to these words finding their way onto the page, I witnessed my youngest daughter returning undeniably enlivening signs of affection back to my wife. The gaze upon a child of God that has not met the world in its fullness is something that cannot be replicated, much like a total eclipse of the sun. Her face is so innocent, beautiful, and excited. Why can’t we all be that excited at such seemingly simple interactions with our loved ones? 

Every time I sit down to write this looking for inspiration and asking the Holy Spirit to assist, I discover that family life has it all - e...

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18Mar

Student Art Featured by Star of Bethlehem

Student Featured in the “Star of Bethlehem”


There are many talented artists at our school. This week, I am delighted to share another student’s work published in the Star of Bethlehem. Peter Hogan has been working on his skill with calligraphy for a long time, and his subject matter is almost always faith based. This particular piece displays a passage from the Gospel of Luke 23:39-43. I hope others can appreciate this as much as I have. We might see some more work from Peter in the future. 

Mr. Ambrose Bean, Humanities Teacher

The text reads:

And one of the malefactors which were hang...

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13Mar

2024 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Mr. Ambrose Bean

Today we held our National Honor Society induction ceremony. Each year, this is an opportunity for us to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of a small group of students who are joining the chapter at our school. I always think it is worth noting that academic excellence accounts for only one of the four NHS pillars. We also want to see our students striving to demonstrate strong character, service, and leadership skills. We do not want them to possess mere skill; we want them to use their skills for the benefit of others and the community as a whole. 

This perspective...

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13Mar

Lent = Love

During dismissal last Friday, I heard Mr. Tremblay announce that Mrs. Nelson had kindly arranged all of the sleds on the front lawn for students to take home.  The message my winter-weary soul heard was, “We declare winter over!” It gave my heart a lift.

(I still declare winter over, despite the white stuff that appeared over the weekend!)

The entire faculty and staff was given a lift last week during Teacher Appreciation Week. Our families were so generous with us!! Occurring at the perfect time in the year, during the gray end-of-winter days, it boosted morale, provided an...



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01Mar

Student Featured in the “Star of Bethlehem”

We are honored to partner with a project undertaken by one of our teachers, Mr. Ambrose Bean. Through his inspiration, a new website has been established to "direct man’s gaze, to point the awareness and experience of the whole of humanity toward the mystery of Christ.” (Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptor Missio.) Mr. Bean has been recording classroom content and publishing it, along with student submissions, to the Bethlehem Society's online magazine. We will periodically share this content with our community. We hope you enjoy it!


Student Featured in the “Star of Bethlehem”

God works i...

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28Feb

Teacher becomes the student


Even teachers remain students! As part of our institutional commitment to modeling the life of a disciple (from the Latin discipulus, learner), we teachers prioritize enriching our own minds and hearts with a good book! We are students of Jesus Christ. 

One teacher recently asked a rather poignant question: How can we ever instill a culture of reading in the lives of young people in today’s secular and superficial society? It is a hard question. In my experience, hard questions usually do not require complex solutions. 

“How do we help our children get to heaven?,” we ask ourselves: we...

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09Feb

Academic Honors for Quarter 2

Mount Royal Academy Announces 2nd Quarter Academic Honors


Grade 6

Headmaster’s list: Liliana Chimienti, Maria Gik, Angela Moorehouse, 

High Honors: Joseph Flaig, Claudia Gannon, Evangeline Nadeau, Callan Ouellette

Honors: Jaylin Greenhalgh, August Graham-Snyder


Grade 7

Headmaster’s list: Haley Elkind, Emma LeBlanc, Lucy Treece

High Honors: Jubilee Tremblay, Juliana Yost


Grade 8

Headmaster’s list: Allison Cass, Charles Lee, Kathryn McLaughlin, Liam Swegart

High Honors: Isabella Acevedo, Anela Jenkins

Honors: Kolbe Dowsett, Ella Gifford, Marissa Ouellette


Grade 9

Hea...

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24Jan

Why are we here?


Why are we here?

The Baltimore Catechism gives us an answer to this age-old existential conundrum.

“God made us to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.” So, that answers that.

As we prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week next week, it might be a good idea to refocus that question.  Why are we here? At a Catholic school, in particular?

Historically, Catholic schools are renowned for providing rigorous academic programs in an environment that promotes virtue, respect, and traditional values. Educating the whole child is no...

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10Jan

After 30 years, what comes to mind?

"He made for them discretion with a tongue and eyes and ears, he gave them a mind for thinking, and filled them with the discipline of discernment.
He created them in the knowledge of the spirit; he filled their hearts with understanding, and showed them good and evil." (Sirach 17:6-7)

Here we are: 2024. Thirty years of existence. 

The other day I was commenting to my wife a kind of strange realization: for all of my adult life, I have only known Mount Royal Academy. This is the only location I have been getting up to drive to everyday for the last fifteen years. I vividly recall making t...

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