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St. Michael Academy Presents: “The Virtues of Classical Education” with Rusty Reno, Editor of First Things Magazine

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PETOSKEY – October 16, 2019 – St. Michael Academy (SMA), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, today announced its first guest lecture of the 2019-20 academic year, “The Virtues of Classical Education” with Rusty Reno, Editor of First Things magazine, “America’s most influential journal of religion and public life.”

The event will be held Friday, November 1st at 7:00pm at St. Michael Academy, 2225 Summit Park Drive, near the intersection of Mitchell and Division streets, just east of Petoskey. The event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Reno was formerly a professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University. His books include Fighting the Noonday Devil, In the Ruins of the Church, and Redemptive Change: Atonement and the Christian Cure of the Soul.  He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and a B.A. from Haverford College.

SMA Headmaster Dr. Richard Brake stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Rusty Reno to Petoskey and to SMA. From his perch at First Things, there is not a keener and more insightful observer of contemporary affairs than Mr. Reno, a recognized authority on matters of faith, education, public policy, and current events.”

Dr. Brake continued, “Anyone who cares about the state of contemporary culture has much to learn from both Mr. Reno and his award-winning magazine.  It’s a privilege and a blessing to have someone of his stature visit our high school, especially someone who believes so strongly in classical education as a solution to many of our society’s most pressing issues.  We invite you to join us for this wonderful, educational opportunity!”

SMA is committed to providing a Classical Catholic education to all who seek one and is pleased to offer tuition assistance to qualifying families.  No student is denied enrollment because of financial reasons.

For more information, please contact the SMA office at 231-881-9025, or email Dr. Brake at  For planning purposes, attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Established in 2013, St. Michael Academy is the first Catholic high school in the Little Traverse area since 1972, and the region’s only Classical high school.  SMA strives to develop the next generation of American leaders by promoting a culture of excellence and instilling its students with the classical virtues of wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice, along with the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love.