|Praying the solemn rosary during the Christmas Games at Sacred Heart Apostolic School.|
From December 31 to January 4, 103 boys and 17
fathers from 14 states visited Sacred Heart Apostolic School
in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, for the annual “Christmas Games,” an
event combining spiritual enrichment with fun activities and Christmas celebrations.
Visitors can explore whether they might be interested in attending
the school in the future.
Apostolic schools in the Catholic
Church are specially designed to educate boys who believe they
may have a vocation to be a missionary priest. The
Legionaries of Christ operate many such schools throughout the world.
Along with Sacred Heart in Indiana, the Legionaries also operate
apostolic schools in Center Harbor, N.H., and Coflax, Calif., along
with a French-speaking one in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
This year’s visitors
to the Indiana school competed against one another in sports
and other contests on teams named after Legionary apostolic schools
throughout the world. They visited the Warren Dunes National Park
where they raced up sand dunes and shook off the
chill with a winter cookout. Activities on the school campus
included spiritual talks, sports in the school gym, and information
sessions in which current Sacred Heart students answered questions from
the visitors and their fathers. They also celebrated traditional Spanish
Christmas posadas and gathered around an evening bonfire.
expressed their interest in returning for Sacred Heart’s summer program,
during which potential students spend the month of August finding
out what the school is like and evaluating whether they
want to attend as students.
Sacred Heart Apostolic School is in
its second year of operation on a campus of more
than 50 acres. It currently has students in the seventh,
eighth and ninth grades and will add a grade each
year until it has grades 7-12. The main building, modeled
after a monastery on the outskirts of Rome, was built
in 1933 as a Holy Cross novitiate. When the Holy
Cross brothers turned it into a boarding high school in
1968, they added a classroom building with gymnasium. The Holy
Cross closed the boarding school, Le Mans Academy, in 2002.
|Basketball in motion during the Christmas Games at Sacred Heart Apostolic School.|
The visitors for this year’s Christmas program at Sacred Heart
came from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri,
Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Pensylvania, Georgia, and Michigan.
Immaculate Conception Apostolic
School in Colfax, Calif., also hosted Christmas Games with 24
boys and four fathers visiting from the Sacramento and Napa.
The California event featured a posada on campus and a
ski trip to nearby Lake Tahoe.