Totino-GraceA Catholic High School in the Lasallian Tradition
St. John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719) is the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He was born into a wealthy family in Rheims, France and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rheims in 1678. De La Salle became aware of the fact that the children of the poor and artisans had no access to education. In 1689, he founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools teaching community to give a Christian education to the youth of the poor and the working class. De La Salle had great love for Holy Scripture, a great sense of always being in the presence of God, a deep sense of prayer along with a spirit of faith and zeal. Today, they are found in 85 countries around the world and working in all aspects of education. Pope Leo XIII declared De La Salle as a saint in 1900. His feast is celebrated on May 15. De La Salle is the Patron Saint of Teachers and is regarded as the father of modern pedagogy. He is respected as the innovator of many teaching techniques that are still in use today."To touch the hearts of your students with the Christian spirit is the greatest miracle you can perform."Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger (1797 - 1879) is the Foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Bavaria in 1833. Blessed Theresa was motivated by a desire to provide an education for poor girls and young women. She trained her sisters to empower women to be a success in the world while growing closer to God. In 1847, the School Sisters of Notre Dame came to the United States and have continued to minister to the needs of women and the poor. Today, the Schools Sisters of Notre Dame minister in 31 countries. Pope John Paul II declared Theresa Gerhardinger as Blessed in 1985. Her memorial is celebrated on May 9, and the cause for her canonization continues."Love is the sign through which the world should be convinced that we believe in Jesus."
Archbishop Thomas L. Grace, O.P . (1814-1897) was the second bishop of the Diocese of Saint Paul, serving from 1859 to 1884. He was ordained as a Dominican priest and served the Church in Pennsylvania and Tennessee before coming to Minnesota. Grace was a staunch supporter of Catholic education, who invited many religious orders to Minnesota, including the Christian Brothers. He was a leader who believed in planning for the future. He was also known for his concern for the poor and needy. Grace advocated for human rights, especially for Minnesota's Native American population. Archbishop Grace provided stability and guidance as the Church in Minnesota grew rapidly due to an influx of European immigrants. When this archdiocesan school opened in 1966, it was decided to name it in his honor.Jim (1911 - 1981) and Rose (1915 - 1994) Totino were great benefactors of this school especially after they sold their now famous pizza recipe to Pillsbury. Both Mr. and Mrs. Totino valued Catholic education and did whatever they could to help it flourish. They were children of Italian immigrants, and epitomized the American Dream. The Totinos opened a restaurant in northeast Minneapolis and worked tirelessly toward its success. They also created a frozen pizza business. The Totino's success was phenomenal. Love of God, love of life, love of young people and love of the Christian message motivated them to generously share their treasures with Grace High School.
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