Corpus Christi

Please join the St. John the Beloved Parish Community in celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. followed by a solemn procession of the Holy Eucharist at 5:15. A dinner featuring the famous St. John BBQ will follow at 6:00 p.m.

SJA Principal and Assistant Principal (2018-2019)

Dear St. John Academy Community,

With deep gratitude for the many years of dedicated leadership from Michael Busekrus, profound appreciation for the commitment and professionalism of our great faculty and staff, sincere indebtedness to the hard-working Search Committee and humble thanks for the guidance of the Office of Catholic Schools... I am eager to announce that next school year St. John Academy will be under the able leadership of Principal Jeff Presberg and our very own Karen Tessier as full-time Assistant Principal.

Karen we all already know and love. Jeff is known very well by some of you. He taught at The Heights for fifteen years, serving as Head of the Lower School for seven years, until his 2009 launch of  Western Academy in Houston, Texas. Jeff's vision of education and Christian Humanism is described online at Western Academy and permeates the work of the Samuel Erasmus Institute. He holds a B.A. in Literature (1992) and a Master of Humanities (2006) from the University of Dallas and has completed course work for a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia. Most importantly, he is Kristin's husband. She hails from Northern Virginia and they are expecting their ninth child in the next few days. Is bebé nueve their sixth daughter or their four son? God knows.

God also knows that with your collaboration St. John Academy has a very bright future.

Bless you!

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard

A Symphonic Approach

A Symphonic Approach:
A Reflection on Educational Vision and Methods

by Jeff Presberg

When reflecting on the methods we will seek to employ at Western Academy, it is easy to let the imagination wander and wax romantic. It's easy to dream of the many school parts in perfect harmony, to see bright cheerful boys happily marching through their days and years at the school, like clay in a master's hands, emerging as polished, courageous young men eager for their next step in the world. And it's easy to slip into that temptation to think, if just this one time we can get the parts and alignment right, we can make the perfect system and guarantee a perfect human product. But, while this present season of Spring is a natural time of hope and youthful imaginings, it is also the end of a school year. And as a teacher and an administrator for many years at a boys school, I am well aware that come spring time, a teacher doesn't always see flowers. It can be a time, exhausted by the year's work, where the eye tends to see the weeds, and is tempted to see them in a big patch rather than as a few scattered here and there among much healthy growth. In addition to the many successes, there is that student who never quite developed his study habits, the parent who didn't think enough was done, those goals every teacher has to admit that were not fully met.

Click here to download the article in PDF format.

In Testimonium...

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, a day to bring flowers to graves and honor the dead. As the unofficial start of summer is also occasions my reminder about how we decorate our living bodies. Next week when we celebrate Corpus Christi I will offer some more annual thoughts about the virtue of reverence with respect to the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Jesus Christ.

Our bodies are sacred. We worship the Lord with our bodies as well as our souls. Prostrating. Kneeling. Standing. In silence and in song. With arms outstretched and with hands over our faces. Our souls adorned with virtue and our bodies attired with the virtue of modesty.

Read Fr. Pollard's article

Eternal rest grant unto them...

Patrick McDonough
24 Jun. 1949 - 5 Feb. 2018

Mary Fritch Quetsch
31 Jan. 1932 - 11 Feb. 2018

Scott Berridge
29 Apr. 1961 - 14 Mar. 2018

Ann Haas Cox
31 Jul. 1934 - 17 Mar. 2018

Fr. Mark Pilon
23 Mar. 1943 - 19 Mar. 2018

Donald Steiner
24 May 1962 - 20 Mar. 2018

Gayle Marie Grinstead
8 Aug. 1924 - 2 May 2018