On a cool October evening, Capuchin Franciscan Friars gathered in the chapel of St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin to celebrate the Transitus of St. Francis, a unique Franciscan tradition that commemorates the “transition” of St. Francis from his earthly life to his heavenly reward.
Those of the St. Lawrence Seminary students who went back to their families for the Winter Break, found their friends at home were a bit confused, because many other schools were on Spring Break. This was simply a function of the calendar and the late Easter this year, but it was amusing that our students found that their friends from home were on Spring Break while St. Lawrence observed Winter Break. St. Lawrence Seminary isn’t afraid to be different once in a while.
Beginning on campus in the days after Thanksgiving, the preparations for the celebration of Christmas become all the more obvious as times goes by. The bright lights illuminate the darkness that comes so early in December. Dorms get decked out with a variety of decorations. The Main Building first floor hallway features evergreen garlands and wreaths, filling the corridor with a wonderful scent. Christmas trees appear in various places all over campus. The general sense of festivity begins on campus and is carried home by SLS students who partake in a variety of their own particular Christmas traditions.
There is a lot of misinformation floating around about boarding schools. Many parents aren’t sure what to make of boarding schools, or believe outdated stereotypes. We want to help you separate fact from fiction by shedding light on some of the common myths surrounding what a boarding school experience can offer a high school student.
We spend a lot of time talking about why parents should choose St. Lawrence Seminary for their son, but not as much time showing why our students love us. Here are a few reasons why our students say they love their experiences at SLS.
When parents prepare for the school year, they often focus on making sure their student has all the right supplies. As the school year nears, those students very often try to push all thoughts of school away, diving more intensely into the waning leisure of summer. When teachers prepare for the school year, their focuses can vary significantly, though, likely all of them are interested in making the upcoming year one of the most successful they can for their students. The students of St. Lawrence Seminary returned to the Hill much earlier than many students in other schools; however, they were met with enthusiastic teachers who all had a vision for the year ahead.