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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC CATHOLIC SCHOOLS December 9, 2016 15 Happy 85th Birthday to our friend Bishop James Garland! May God bless you with good health. Dear Bishop Garland: Barb and I wish to thank you for your many years of service in the Marquette Diocese and to congratulate you on your 85th birthday. We wish also to thank you for the special friendship we have had over the years. May God bless you and send His choicest blessings to you in the years ahead. -Bob and Barb Stebler Dear Campbell reminisced that when Msgr. Charles O'Neil D'Amour of St. Mary Parish in Norway heard of the efforts of trying to get a Catholic school in the Norway area. Msgr. D'Amour told Campbell, 'You will get your school.' "That was one of the happiest times of my life," Campbell remembered. "It was a blessing the way it happened." Now, three generations later, Camp- bell's three great-grandchildren attend the school, and his children and grandchildren also attended HSCS. "That school is very, very important to us," he stressed. "It's just a beacon on a hill." HSCS started in 1966 with grades three through six. Later, grades seven and eight were added, with the younger grades following. Many of the class- room sizes were approximately 30 stu- dents due to family sizes being larger in the 1960s and 1970s. Principal Menghini spoke as well, expressing her gratitude for all that has transpired over the past 50 years. Menghini spoke of how HSCS has adopted a Classical Liberal Arts cur- riculum, which goes back to the classic stories that many people in the room grew up reading, such as Tom Sawyer, Robin Hood, and Heidi, and has also introduced Latin, classical grammar, and diagramming of sentences as part of the students' everyday practice. She agreed with the sisters about how incredible it was to see the former stu- dents' and board members' children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enrolled at the school. "It means a great deal to see that for these families, Holy Spirit School is still the best place for their children's and grandchildren's education," she said. Menghini concluded by expressing the school's ultimate mission: "No mat- ter what size the school is at any time, the goal has always been the same - to foster the souls and the minds of our children in partnership with parents, to get them to Heaven." For more information on Holy Spir- it School, call (906)563-8817 or visit the school's Facebook page at www. facebook.com/HolySpiritCatholic- SchoolNorway. To learn more about all the diocesan Catholic schools, go online to www.dioceseofmarquette. org/catholicschools FROM PAGE 14 VICTORIA LAFAVE Father Timothy Ekaitis (middle) stands with Sister Mary Miller (left) and Sister Judy Vallimont (right) during the celebration of Holy Spirit Catholic School in Norway. Sister Miller and Sister Vallimont were teachers at the school in its earlier years.

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