10May

Reflection on the Mission of Catholic Education

“Peace I leave with you;
my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” - John 14:27

May is a bittersweet month. There is a certain intellectual and emotional exhaustion that naturally develops at the end of an academic year. This is all very normal and ordinary because of the hard work that should be commended. For students and teachers, the appetites of our souls are formed in these waning moments. Each day becomes a little harder to complete as we approach the end. I am sure parents feel it too! But we must rem...



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26Apr

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia 

On Wednesday of Holy Week, as I left campus for the Easter break, I was eager to celebrate the sacred days of the Triduum and the wonder of the Resurrection.  It had been a long winter and Lent, and I awaited the coming festivities with great anticipation. I was also looking a little further ahead to our return to campus twelve days later.  I anticipated sunnier skies, warmer temperatures, revitalized teachers, and recharged students – a springtime renewal, of sorts.  Our Lord, in his wisdom, mercy, and infinite generosity, has provided all this and so much ...

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25Apr

Fully Accredited Again!

Announcing another full term of accreditation status!

"I am pleased to inform you that Mount Royal Academy has been granted a full term of accreditation from the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools.

As an accrediting agency specifically designed to uphold the Standards of Excellence in schools committed to preserving and teaching the Catholic Faith loyal to the Holy See, NAPCIS is proud to recognize the work of Mount Royal Academy and the dedication of its Board of Directors, Administration, faculty and staff in educating our youth as future leaders in the...



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31Mar

3rd Quarter Academic Honors

Mount Royal Academy has announced academic awards for the 3rd Quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. 

Grade 6

Headmaster’s list: Lucy Treece, Jubilee Tremblay

High Honors: Haley Elkind, Emma LeBlanc

Honors: Clare Holliston, Emma Kelley, Juliana Yost

Grade 7

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

High Honors: Ella Gifford

Honors: Isabella Acevedo, Allison Cass, Eva Dowd, Liam O’Brien

Grade 8

Headmaster’s list: Sophia Chimienti, Katherine Messmore, Lindsey Smrkovski

High Honors: Maia Dow

Honors: Eva Gannon, Nicholas Lavertue

Grade 9

Headmaster’s list: Madeline Gawlick,...

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22Mar

Go to St. Joseph

"When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home." - Matthew 1:24

We interrupt our previously scheduled programming for this urgent message: we are in the season of Lent and we can still have a good time! 

Our family was unable to attend the patronal feast celebration at our parish on Saint Patrick’s Day, so I was grateful that come Monday, we honored the patron of our school - St. Joseph. I thank HEART - specifically Kelly Lee and Cathy Peschke - for making our convivium so special. I also want to publicly thank Father Michael for maki...

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08Mar

Daily Duty

"It takes uncommon virtue to fulfill with exactitude, that is, without carelessness, negligence, or indolence …
but with attention, piety, and spiritual fervor,
the whole combination of ordinary duties which make up our daily life!"
– Pope Pius XVI

Lent arrives, in my opinion, at the perfect time of year.  By the end of February or beginning of March, I am tired of the snow, the cold weather, and the short, dark days. In truth, I can sometimes be found having a little pity party for myself, and while in this state of mind, I might consider cutting some corners on the everyday, ted...



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27Feb

Knights for Life Testifies at State House

CACR 2: Reproductive Freedom

Maryrose McLaughlin, ’23

Good morning members of the Judiciary Committee.

My name is Maryrose McLaughlin and I am a student and law intern from Sullivan County.

As you know, CACR2 proposes that an additional section on reproductive freedom be added to the New Hampshire Constitution.

CACR2 states “That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling state interest achieved by the least restrictive means.”

Saying that...

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03Feb

2nd Quarter Academic Honors

Mount Royal Academy has announced academic awards for the 2nd Quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. 

Grade 6

Headmaster’s list: Lucy Treece, Jubilee Tremblay

High Honors: Haley Elkind, Emma LeBlanc, Juliana Yost

Honors: Clare Holliston, Joy Joseph, Emma Kelley


Grade 7

Headmaster’s list: Ethan Hubbard, Charles Lee

High Honors: Allison Cass, Liam Swegart, Liam O’Brien

Honors: Isabella Acevedo, Kathryn McLaughlin


Grade 8

Headmaster’s list: Sophia Chimienti, Maia Dow, Katherine Messmore, Lindsey Smrkovski

Honors: Eva Gannon, Nicholas Lavertue


Grade 9

Headmaster’s list: Madeline ...

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25Jan

Life, Love, and Dignity


Last Thursday, as I boarded the bus that would take us to Washington, D.C., and the March for Life, several questions percolated through my brain.  First and foremost were my anxious concerns about how effective my motion-sickness medicine would be on the 10 hour trip (It worked. Yay!).

More importantly, however, I wondered what the atmosphere would be like at the first March in the post-Roe era. Would there be more dissent? More protests? The marches I attended in the past were extraordinarily peaceful. How would this one differ?

I was also curious about the direction in which the pro-...

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24Jan

Pope Benedict XVI on Catholic Education

Pope Benedict XVI is a hero to me, and I attribute my own intellectual and spiritual formation to the inspiration of his witness. He was both an intellectual giant and also a humble man. In college - which is when I first became enamored by this field of knowledge I never heard of before, theology - I would eagerly await every public address he made. And whenever I came into a little extra spending money, I bought books by Joseph Ratzinger. In fact, our little home library has more books authored by him than any other writer. 

He was an academic, but his impact on Catholic education ought to ...

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