At St Benedict’s Academy, after St Athanasius and St Francis de Sales, we wish to teach the children to be passionate about the Incarnation. As we read in our dearly-beloved Missal at Christmas time, “Thine almighty Word, O Lord, leaped down from heaven”. Priests must always imitate Christ in all things. Therefore Canon Vianney Poucin, accompanied by Phil Russell will also be leaping from the heavens, but by means of an aeroplane and a parachute in order to raise funds for St Benedict’s!
So what is St Benedict’s all about? We are a part-time academy based in Preston, Lancashire, looked after by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and welcome children from age 5 to 18. In September, the academy will be entering into its third academic year, having started in January 2018.
The education provided at St. Benedict’s is all deeply rooted in the Catholic faith, as all subjects lead back to Our Lord. Whether in the study of History, with the Incarnation as its centre-piece, learning about and admiring the wonderful creation of God through the sciences, or in the study of the sacred language of the Church, Latin, through looking at the texts of the Mass, as well as passages from the Vulgate, Christ is always at the centre.
As priests, it is a great privilege to be able to teach the children, and to pass on the faith to them. The Sisters Adorers teach Catechism and French , as well as Gregorian Chant and Polyphony. It is wonderful to have religious around the school, as an example and inspiration to the children!
Every Friday, at 12 noon, there is a sung Mass at English Martyrs, at which some of the boys from St. Benedict’s serve, and the rest of the children sing the propers of the Mass, as well as the ordinary, along with 1 or 2 polyphonic motets.
While the majority of the teachers at St. Benedict’s are volunteers, there are still the costs of heating the building, the electricity and water bills which need to be paid, textbooks to buy, and we never wish to turn a family away if they are not able to afford the fees. So, in order to keep the academy running and to provide a strong, Catholic education to as many children as possible, we rely on the donations of generous benefactors.
Will you help make Catholic Education great again? Will you sponsor them?
God bless you, Canon Ryan Post, Principal
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Canon Scott Tanner
Ashton-on-Ribble, North West England, United Kingdom