A number of weeks ago, I interviewed Catalina Brand, the director of The Holy House Academy, a home school enrichment program of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham. I’m pleased to announce the podcast is now up at the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society website under podcasts.
The music accompanying the podcast is provided by one of the children’s choirs.
This was the second of two podcasts (the first was with Sr. Thomas Aquinas, director of the cathedral’s high school project) that I did looking at Catholic education as a means of evangelization.
Here are some pictures from The Holy House Academy that Catalina provided from the pre-pandemic days, showing one of the children’s choirs, a dance recital, a Christmas pageant and a session with Fr. Charles Hough, the cathedral’s rector.
While the pandemic’s social distancing measures have forced The Holy House Academy to change some of its methods—-with classes online, more assignments sent to children’s homes—the program remains up and running.
The Holy House is only one of several educational projects ongoing in communities of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska, offers a classical liberal arts high school at St. Barnabas Classical Academy that continues to operate though under pandemic restrictions.
St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania, offers a home education enrichment program through the Maria Kaupas Academy. St. John the Evangelist in Calgary, Alberta, also offers a home education enrichment program through The Holy House of Our Lady and St. John.
Catalina Brand describes the origins of The Holy House that take us back to the beginnings of the parish of Our Lady of Walsingham. It’s a story of encouragement and hope. Catalina also has some advice for communities that might wish to embark on their own educational projects.