High School Sendoff

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Wednesday, August 21

All recent 8th grade graduates (from any school) and their parents are invited to join us for an evening presentation and fellowship, where they will learn the spiritual, academic and social tools they will need to help them or their child succeed in their freshman year of high school.

Equip Yourself for High School - Student Session

5:00 - 8:00 PM
The speakers will provide practical tools to keep up your faith, to seek excellence in academics and build strong friendships in High School. There will be a great Q & A panel. The student session will include talks from: John Delozier, theology teacher at BSM; Claire Mealey, Religion Teacher at OLG; and Kory La Croix, Catholic Speaker in the Archdiocese and Associate for Mission at OLG, as well as opportunities for dynamic hands-on activities and a pizza party!

Challenges in High School - Parent Session

6:30 - 8:00 PM, Dining Room
Dr Flanders will provide input regarding the common challenges of today’s high school students such as living their faith, social media and academics. Fr Kevin and Mrs. Kathie Brown will join us for the Q&A panel.


Please contact the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta at pes-sisters@olgparish.org for more information and to register. Event is free of charge.

Student Session Speakers


John Delozier

John Delozier was raised in St. Michael, Minnesota. He majored in education at University of St. Thomas and, through a graduate program at Notre Dame, he taught for two years in Santa Clara, California. During this same time he took classes at Notre Dame in the summer and at the end of those two years he received his master’s degree in education.

John Delozier always felt a calling to be a religion teacher, and BSM gives him the opportunity teach and share his faith. At BSM he can express his passion for his faith and show others how it has guided his life in a positive way.

His primary goal as a Catholic educator is to help people understand their faith as something they can actually live out. It can be something that impacts their lives.


Claire Mealey

Claire holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Theology from Benedictine College. She served this past year in the Seton Teaching Fellow program in the Bronx, NY, teaching 5th grade catechism and 5th-6th reading intervention at Brilla College Prep Middle School. Ms. Mealey attended Our Lady of Grace as a student. She is most excited to share in the Catholic Faith with her 6th graders and build up a strong community of leaders who grow together.

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Kory La Croix

Kory has committed his life to inspiring and equipping people to live for Jesus. One of his greatest joys is seeing hearts transformed by the abiding love and mercy of God. Kory has served as the youth and families of Holy Name of Jesus in Wayzata for nine years. He began his theological studies at St. John’s University, finishing his undergrad in 2010 and is currently working on his Masters in Theology through the Augustine Institute. Now at Our Lady of Grace, Kory will be serving and collaborating with our staff and parishioners to make Jesus Christ known and loved, especially engaging in our young adult, youth and men’s ministries. Kory is also a well known speaker in the archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis. His dynamic and youthful spirit makes him a great speaker among youth and young adults. Kory and his wife, Alicia, grew up a mile apart in Buffalo, MN and are proud parents of four children. You may hear Kory’s laughter before you see him.

Parent Session Speakers


Dr Todd Flanders

Dr. Flanders has served as headmaster of Providence Academy since its inception in 2000. He holds a BA with a concentration in political philosophy from the University of Chicago, an MA in history from Truman State University, and a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College. He has taught history and theology in both college and high school, co-founded a residential college program and served as director of career services at Truman State, and was director of educational programming at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty before coming to Providence. Dr. Flanders speaks on topics of education, religion, and the free society, currently serving as lecturer with the Acton University program and the Harry J Flynn Catechetical Institute.

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Father Kevin Finnegan

Since graduating from the University of St. Thomas, Father Kevin has engaged in evangelizing ministries for many years, and brings that passion to his priestly ministry. Ordained for nearly 20 years, Father Kevin served at the Church of St. Edward in Bloomington, and Divine Mercy in Faribault before beginning here at Our Lady of Grace in July 2014. Loving Catholic education, he also has the privilege to serve as Canonical Administrator of St. John Paul II Prep in North East Minneapolis.

Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, Father Kevin still roots for the Cubs. Although both parents have passed away, he enjoys visiting with his brother and sister, although not nearly as often as he’d like. Father Kevin belongs to a fraternity of Archdiocesan priests called the Companions of Christ. These priests aspire to live and serve the local church and live in community.


Kathie Brown

After high school in Milwaukee , Wisconsin, Mrs Brown earned a BA in English and Speech/Theater from Dominican College in Racine. Immediately following, she enjoyed being an English teacher at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Nineteen years later, with an MA in Educational Administration, Kathie moved into an administrative position at the same school. Six years later, an unusual opportunity appeared.

A new Catholic high school was in the design stage in the southwest metro area of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Mrs Brown was asked to be part of a community team to create the vision and turn farm land into a college preparatory Catholic high school. That was nineteen years ago. Today, this school family continues to grow and learn together. Though Kathie has acquired another degree (Ed.S), the deepest learning has come from what each generation has needed from those who have chosen to work with teens. Walking alongside her students through their high school years is her definition of “lifelong learning.”