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Making the decision to enroll in a private, Catholic high school is an exciting one, but it also comes with its questions and challenges. Light on The Hill is designed to keep prospective and current students — and their parents — up-to-date on news, thoughts, and events relevant to the mission and values at St. Lawrence Seminary High School. 

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Francisco Sauceda

Director of Admissions and Recruitment

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Life Lessons Learned on the Field - An Integration of Faith & Sports

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Feb 12, 2018 3:45:00 PM

Athleticism and the life of faith have always been integrated in the lives of Christian disciples. Think about classic verses of encouragement from the New Testament. In many of St. Paul’s letters to the early church, he uses athletic metaphors to help new Christians understand the task of faithful life that lies before them:

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities

How and Why You Should Build Your Network in High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jan 25, 2018 2:51:00 PM

A few years ago, at St. Lawrence Seminary, a senior was applying to the prestigious United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The Rector at the time helped write a letter of recommendation for him, but also put him in touch with an alumnus of St. Lawrence who had graduated from the Naval Academy.

As the  alumnus and senior began to talk to each other, they found they shared an excitement about St. Lawrence and the education they had in common, but also that they shared a common love for the Naval Academy. The alumnus was able to talk to the senior about life at the Naval Academy and give him advice about applying, getting accepted, and eventually thriving in a military academy.

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Topics: College & Life Preparation

5 Things You Should Know About Attending A Faith-Based High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jan 11, 2018 3:03:21 PM

1. Faith-based classrooms provide a safe space for open discussion of religion that public or non-faith-based schools do not.

St. Lawrence Seminary High School takes pride in the open discussion of religion in both the classroom setting and in Spiritual Direction meetings. Spiritual Direction is a place and a time to talk about a relationship with God and what that means. A Spiritual Director might ask about the student’s classes and activities, how he is taking care of himself, how he is getting along with his classmates, or how God is present in his life. The spiritual director will encourage the student to reflect upon all the experiences of his life and bring these to the meetings.

The whole process is a sacred sharing in the student’s life. Spiritual Directors will share their own thoughts, reflections, personal experiences and recommendations when appropriate to do so. Directors will challenge the students, when necessary, to take responsibility for each of their own questions, ideas and responses.

There is a significant maturing process during the course of the time the student is here. The first year sharing is quite general. In the junior and senior years, the meetings tend to be more in depth and a lot more questions about God are explored. Many more questions arise about religious life and the priesthood. The Director will support the student in times of discernment in whatever way is possible.

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Mission & Values

17 Life Skills You Should Learn Before College

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jan 4, 2018 12:00:00 PM

A boarding school may be an excellent way to prepare for future success in practical ways. The unique setting of a boarding school promotes numerous life skills. Many of these skills, as detailed below, are exactly the sort of skills usable in adult life and also the kind of skills that employers look for in potential employees: being independent, working well with others, problem solving, time management and sensitive to a wide variety of personal differences in peers, and displaying aptitude for loyalty, dependability and competence.

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Topics: College & Life Preparation

An Inside Look at St. Lawrence Seminary High School (Video)

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Dec 7, 2017 1:40:06 PM

St. Lawrence Seminary High School provides its students with a remarkable, well rounded education. SLS nurtures mature, well-rounded men of faith who are preparing for lives as priests and religious leaders. Our core values of spirituality, diversity, knowledge and humble commitment exudes from our students and faculty. What truly makes our school so unique, is the high level of involvement between our faculty and students.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Academics, Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities

St. Lawrence Seminary Students Attend the Beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Nov 22, 2017 3:30:00 PM

On Saturday, November 18, Catholics from across the country and the world traveled to Detroit, MI, to witness the beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey, a Capuchin friar with ties to Wisconsin. Those pilgrims included the entire student body and many staff members from St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary.

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Topics: Faith & Formation

St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s Tips and Tricks for SAT/ACT Prep

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Nov 16, 2017 4:02:00 PM

As a student nearing the college application process, do you know there are many tips and tricks out there to help you tackle the SAT’s and ACT’s? Familiarizing yourself with as much information as possible will equip you to do your best on exam day. With rigorous preparation beforehand, St. Lawrence is confident you can learn how to ace these exams! Let’s take a deeper look at what these tests are all about and how to you can prepare for these tests.

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Topics: Academics

Our Latest Guide —  The Guide to Financial Aid at St. Lawrence Seminary High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Nov 9, 2017 10:45:00 AM

Are you a parent considering sending your son to boarding school for high school?

Do you have questions or concerns regarding the financial investment of a St. Lawrence Seminary High School education?

The Guide to Financial Aid at St. Lawrence Seminary High School was created by the St. Lawrence Seminary High School Admissions team with parents like you in mind. This eBook will cover all the questions and concerns parents have regarding Financial Aid and paying for a St. Lawrence Seminary High School Education.

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Topics: Admissions & Financial Aid

How St. Lawrence Seminary High School Helped Two Students Pursue Friarhood

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 26, 2017 1:40:00 PM

On April 30th, Fr. Tien Dinh and Fr. Tom Nguyen returned to Saint Lawrence Seminary High School chapel in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, to be ordained to the priesthood before the community of students, faculty, staff, family, friends, and Capuchin Friars.  This milestone for these two “Sons of Calvary” was especially meaningful as it occurred in the very place where their spiritual journeys began.

Fr. Tien Dinh was born in Vietnam, but raised in Marrero near New Orleans, Louisiana. The second youngest in a family of four brothers and four sisters, he first arrived on campus as a freshman at the age of 14. “My decision to attend St. Lawrence Seminary was a life-changing experience. It was at St. Lawrence, where I met all the people that helped shape me into the person I am today. Everyone played a major role in my growth not only as a person, but also as a Catholic.”

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Topics: Faith & Formation

Father Solanus Casey’s Road to Sainthood

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 19, 2017 4:00:00 PM

On November 18th, a caravan of busses will bring the students of St. Lawrence Seminary to Detroit, Michigan. At Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, they will join an expected 60,000 people at the stadium, but they won’t be cheering for a football game.

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Campus & Events