Regina Caeli is such a rich and vibrant community because we all have the same mission: to become saints! So whatever the event, be it a celebration of the saints, an egg-drop challenge, a thanksgiving celebration, or even something as simple as recess–all these events become even more joyful, fun, and spiritually deep by our shared mission and purpose.
The story of St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe is packed with ordinary elements: a simple man, a collection of flowers, and a peasant's tunic. Yet this event is responsible for the conversion of millions and remains a fervent devotion more than five hundred years later. Why? Because every step of the way, God lifted up the ordinary, through grace, into the extraordinary. A poor Aztec convert became the ambassador of Our Blessed Mother to a doubting Archbishop, the flowers were not everyday wildflowers, but Castilian roses blooming midwinter, and the cactus-fiber tilma, usually disintegrating in a decade or so, can be found today vibrantly presenting a miraculous image of Our Blessed Mother.
As we conclude our first semester and begin the new liturgical year, it is worthwhile to reflect on all of the ordinary things that become extraordinary through our faith.
Whether through the simple lighting of the Advent wreath, the hanging of the Jesse tree ornaments, or the daily building excitement of the Advent calendar, we too can allow our daily family life to become imbued with the graces of the liturgical year.
Events that might seem purely secular, like a chili cook-off, can become the occasion of a beautiful Mass, community bonding, and a Rosary.
Regina Caeli is such a rich and vibrant community because we all have the same mission: to become saints! So whatever the event, be it a celebration of the saints, an egg-drop challenge, a thanksgiving celebration, or even something as simple as recess–all these events become even more joyful, fun, and spiritually deep by our shared mission and purpose. Alone, it is often difficult to give attention to all of these ordinary opportunities, but together, we are able to celebrate these ordinary events with shared rejoicing.
Inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, let us be attentive to all the stirrings of grace in our lives together at Regina Caeli and allow the Lord to transform the ordinary events of our lives into extraordinary occasions of joy and renewal.
With love and gratitude,
Mrs. Nicole Juba
Meet Our Community
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Family Focus: The Hartleys
Someone recently asked us what we are doing for the protection and formation of our children in the faith. My immediate response was, "We go to RCA!" Our children come home from the Nashville center saying prayers and telling stories of saints that we never taught them. They love their friends and WE love their friends. We enjoy spending time with all the families and our children beg to have RCA families over for dinner (which we happily oblige). We don’t worry about the outside influences of the world at RCA because they encounter truth, beauty, and goodness.
Student Spotlight: Samantha Alvarez
Samantha Alvarez is an immensely talented 12th grader in AUS. The photos that follow show her learning as part of a medical internship with Dr. Kalamarides at the Vitae Clinic for her RCA Professional Development 2 class. The Vitae Clinic provides top tier health care in Austin while still staying true to their faith-based ethics and devotion to high standards of medical and surgical practice. Therefore, without providing oral or other artificial contraceptives, providing or referring for abortions, or using methods of achieving pregnancy that contradict these directives, they hold a higher standard of care for their patients in all aspects of obstetrics, infertility, and gynecology with respect and value of life.
Faculty Focus: Lauren Coughlin, 2nd Grade Tutor
RCA has been a huge blessing to my family for the past two years as it has provided structure and support to my husband and I as we homeschool and raise our children to become saints. I enjoy my days at RCA Tampa because my children and I are excited to be there and I have the community support from all of the other tutors and parents. My family and I also cherish our time at home learning together because of the detailed syllabus and educational videos RCA provides to its families. Also, my children are motivated by their peers to complete tasks and assignments because they are excited to share their work and achievements with their friends. What I love most of all about the academy is that the staff are unapologetically Catholic and hold the students to high standards. I am so grateful my family has been blessed with the opportunity of homeschooling in the classical method of education with the support of other Catholic homeschooling families through RCA. May God continue to bless all of the families of RCA.
Meet some of the newest members of our Regina Caeli Family
born from October 2022 to December 2022.
RCA in the NFL
Kansas City Chiefs Catholic kicker, Harrison Butker, featured Regina Caeli Academy on his cleats for the Dec 4th game against the Cincinnati Bengals!
Each year, NFL players reveal their passions beyond the game and wear their hearts on their feet through My Cause My Cleats. Players have the opportunity to pick a cause that is important to them and represent their chosen organization on custom-designed cleats. This year, Harrison chose RCA! Butker chose to support Regina Caeli with the auctionable cleat due to his long-time support for faithful Catholic education. He shared images of his designed cleats on social media, using the hashtag #mycausemycleats. In addition, at the end of the campaign, the cleats will be auctioned off, and 100% of the money raised will go to RCA!
Regina Caeli Board Member and father Michael Watkins accepted the signed jersey and the "My Cause, My Cleats" Regina Caeli cleat from Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker on December 4th.
1st Annual CAMPFEST 2022
& Chili Cook-off
This October, the Atlanta center had a wonderful celebration of faith and family with their first annual CAMPFEST! Father Tran celebrated a Vigil Mass at the campground Saturday evening, followed by a chili cook-off potluck and campfire Rosary.
RCA All-Saints Celebration
Every year, Regina Caeli students look forward to learning more about and celebrating the saints who have gone before us in the faith. We marched in a parade, played games, and invoked the Saints to pray for us.
What a great way to be inspired by the saints and be reminded that we, too, are called to be saints! Can you guess the saint from their costume?
Egg Drop Challenge
The egg drop challenge is a fun way for our students to explore physics and creatively experiment. Look at what our students came up with!
Regina Caeli Retreats 2022
At the heart of Regina Caeli is the conviction that the most important thing in life is to become a saint. To foster deep devotion in our students, each center has a retreat where our students are given the time and space to encounter Our Lord in a new way.
Announcing the Yearbook Cover
Thank you to all of our talented artists who shared their talents and submitted yearbook cover entries! We are proud to announce the 2022-2023 Yearbook Cover by Susanna Kreller from our Phoenix center!
We had so many beautiful submissions. We will be featuring the submission by James Emrich from our Denver center on our back cover! Congratulations James!
Regina Caeli Academy is partnering with the Classic Learning Test!
The Classic Learning Test currently offers the CLT (11th/12th grade college entrance exam), CLT10 (9th/10th grades), and CLT8 (7th/8th grades). Beginning next year, the Classic Learning Test will offer nationally standardized assessments for 3rd-6th grade students as well.
What does this mean at Regina Caeli Academy?
Beginning in 2023-2024, the Classic Learning Test suite of assessments will replace the ITBS (IOWA) standardized tests at Regina Caeli.
Many RCA students are already receiving large scholarships to colleges and universities based on their CLT scores. To ensure our current 11th/12th graders will benefit from this new partnership, Regina Caeli will administer the CLT to all 11th and 12th graders THIS spring semester on February 16, 2023 at your local Regina Caeli Academy center.
Benefits of transitioning to the CLT Suite of Assessments:
1. The Classic Learning Test aligns with our Catholic and classical mission, drawing on authors ranging from Catholic saints to classic literature of the western intellectual tradition.
2. The Classic Learning Test suite of assessments encourages a love for beautiful literature, pointing students toward truth, rather than filling their minds with politically-charged information.
3. The assessments only take 2 hours to complete, recognizing that students perform their best when they are not required to sit for long periods of time.
4. The Classic Learning Test is asserting itself as a leader in college entrance assessments, with 200+ partner colleges who have offered over $100 million in scholarships based on CLT scores.
5. The Classic Learning Test outperforms the modern SAT/ACT since it assesses both achievement (what a student knows) and aptitude (how a student thinks).
RCA will pilot the lower assessments (3rd-8th grades) at your local Regina Caeli Academy center in May 2023.
Thank You to Our Supporters!
Father Augustine Tran's Mass today was offered for the intentions
of all the donors to Regina Caeli Academy!