Mission trips are opportunities for students to travel, experience cultures, learn about the world, and make a difference in communities. Mission trips, like St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s mission trip to McAllen, TX, bring much needed assistance to the community and provide an enriching experience for students.
Students experience a range of emotions when they are informed that they will be attending St. Lawrence for high school: hesitance, excitement, indifference and hopefulness.
Here at St. Lawrence, we know that leaving home at such a young age can be an intimidating thought, but most students find that they quickly overcome homesickness and are soon highly involved in campus and ministry life.
One student says, “I was kind of hesitant coming to SLS, mostly because I would have to live here. I still came here because I knew that my rational for missing home was being blown out of proportion and that it wouldn’t be a bad thing.” That student soon found himself feeling right at home at St. Lawrence.
What would you expect students to gain from a traditional college preparatory school? I imagine the first thing most people would say is a high-quality education — and rightfully so. If a school offers a college preparatory education, they should have an academic curriculum in place to prepare their students for college. At college prep schools, students are fully aware that the work and effort they are putting into their education is in preparation for their next step: the college classroom.
Whether the students know it or not, the tasks, homework, projects, and tests that the teachers assign and ask of them will make them a better college student. College doesn’t get easier with a college prep education. A college prep education makes the transition into the college classroom easier for the student.
Over 150 years ago, two Swiss diocesan priests founded a small friary in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin. Today, St. Lawrence Seminary High School has a student population of about 200 boys of Catholic Faith. Students from across the country and world have chosen to attend St. Lawrence and discern God’s calling in their lives as priests, religious or lay persons in the Catholic Church.
The alumni of St. Lawrence Seminary High School are a group of strong, intelligent, and inspirational men who have gone on to make astounding achievements in many different professions.
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We sat down with two of our alumni to see what they’re doing today and to see the role that St. Lawrence played in their path to success.
Trying to figure out what’s best for ourselves can be complicated. This can be especially true when the decisions we make will affect more than just ourselves. When it comes to knowing if a school will be the best fit for your child, the decision can be scary and possibly unclear. This can be especially true for parents if they (or their child) is considering a boarding school for high school.
Note: Check out what a day in the life is like for a student at St. Lawrence Seminary High School.
Keeping an open mind and obtaining as much information as possible helps the family and prospective student get a better sense if the boarding school will be a good fit for them. Because just like most things, attending a boarding school for high school will have both pros and cons.
Read on for some things to think about as you consider sending your child to boarding school.
The magic of Disney will be coming to St. Lawrence Seminary for the performance of Aladdin. Students will be performing a fantastic bilingual edition of Aladdin. The show will have no shortage of excitement as Aladdin, Genie, and Princess Jasmine embark on a quest to defeat Jafar. Jafar has placed a curse on the royal family, creating a language barrier between them and the citizens of Agrabah. Be prepared to sing along to Disney classics like A Whole New World, Arabian Nights, and Friend Like Me.
Topics: Campus and Events
The community of St. Lawrence Seminary High School is formed through strong bonds between students and faculty alike. St. Lawrence has created a tight-knit community that separates itself from typical high schools. Each student is placed into a fraternity, which includes around ten to twelve students. Fraternities are created with care and have balanced characteristics like grade, culture, and compatibility.
What makes these fraternities so special is the relationship between the freshmen and the seniors in the group. Each freshman is sponsored by a senior. This “mentorship” is meant to help freshmen students become comfortable at St. Lawrence during such an exciting transition period. Senior sponsors join their freshmen counterparts in chapel, liturgical ministries for mass, and many social events.
Topics: Student Life
Studying abroad provides an excellent chance for students to immerse themselves into completely new situations. Whether for a few weeks, a semester, or year of studying abroad, study abroad programs expose students to valuable life experiences. For some students, these opportunities begin with additional travel and in other instances can even lead to moving to and working in a foreign country.
But in many cases, students have to wait until college to have a study abroad experience.
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My name is Tyler. I graduated from St. Lawrence Seminary in 2002. I currently live in Cottage Grove, MN with my wife Tara, and our 6 children (2 sons and 4 daughters).
Through the values taught at St. Lawrence, I learned how to truly grow, from being a boy, to becoming a man. It showed me that a man sacrifices for others, in the name of God, not himself. St. Lawrence taught me these sacrifices through work crews, public ministry, and service to those in need. It instilled the values of proper respect for life, for your brother, and most importantly, for God.
Note: Are you wondering what a typical day looks like for a student at St. Lawrence Seminary High School? Check out this infographic we put together on
A Day in the Life of a St. Lawrence Student.
Read on for some perspective on how my time at St. Lawrence Seminary High School helped me be a better husband, father, and man.
In a way, you really can’t miss the values of St. Lawrence Seminary, because they are everywhere. Literally. They are printed in every copy of the Student Handbook, a framed copy is enshrined in every meeting room, study hall, classroom, and even the wall of the Welcome Center (main entrance) lists the values written in letters over a foot tall.
So what are these core values?:
Spirituality, Diversity, Social Skills, Humble Commitment, Knowledge, and Safe Community.
Note: For more information on St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s values, visit our website and read up on our mission statement.
These are the values. But what do these values mean? Are they just nice words, or do they make a difference in the day-to-day lives of those associated with St. Lawrence Seminary?