Our Catholic School is Lourdes Academy, which serves families with children from Pre-School through Grade 12. More than 250 students from St. Raphael the Archangel are currently enrolled in Lourdes Academy. Parents from our parish and our parish priests actively participate in the life of these schools through their prayerful presence at school Mass celebrations, attendance at school-related events, and their general support of the spiritual, academic, athletic, and personal growth of the students.
The parish communities of St. Raphael, St. Jude, Most Blessed Sacrament, St. Mary’s of Winneconne, and St. Mary’s of Omro contribute about $1 million each year toward the operating expenses of Lourdes Academy in Oshkosh. Beyond having this foundational role in the financial support of our local Catholic schools, these parishes support Catholic schools through the generous sharing of time, service, and support of their priests, staff, and parishioners.
This effort is part of a larger commitment within our parish to build strong relationships with educators throughout the Fox Valley. As children mature, we believe that the local church should have an active voice and proactive presence for the real, holistic needs of students, whether that be in a public, private, or home-based educational setting.
If you would like know more about Catholic education in Oshkosh, we encourage you to ask fellow parents of children attending Catholic schools about their children’s experiences within the Lourdes system. You can also visit the school website at lourdes.today. To see how your family may benefit from a Lourdes Academy education, contact the Enrollment Coordinator, Heather Thorson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 426-6421.
In 2020, St. Raphael Parish will participate with other Oshkosh parishes is supporting a campaign to bring all of our students onto one campus through a renovation and expansion.
In partnership with families, parishes, and the community, Lourdes Academy provides a family environment in which students can achieve academic excellence, develop strong moral character, live as authentically Catholic disciples, and contribute positively to their communities.
Inspired by Our Lady of Lourdes and rooted in our Catholic faith, Lourdes Academy forms and challenges students to realize their God-given potential.