On Sunday October 9th, 2022, The Regina Academies hosted Gerhard Cardinal Mueller for a reception at Ivy Hall in Philadelphia. Cardinal Mueller, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was in Philadelphia for a symposium hosted by The Neumann Forum. This provided the perfect opportunity for the Regina Academies to host the Cardinal during a small reception and cocktail party.
Approximately sixty guests representing Regina Luminis, Regina Coeli, Regina Angelorum and Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist schools gathered at Ivy Hall. Guests included members of each schools’ boards of directors, administration, faculty, and donors. Cardinal Mueller shared brief remarks with the assembled guests.
“This was a wonderful gathering,” commented Mark Bradord, Executive Director of the Regina Academies. “It was amazing to gather so many folks from our schools for this experience with Cardinal Mueller. Our teachers, administrators, boards and benefactors give so much for the missions of our authentically Catholic, classical, liberal arts schools. This was a great way to honor these men and women for all they do.”
The Regina Academies is the umbrella organization that supports the Philadelphia region’s Regina schools. Founded by Barbara and Paul Henkels, the Regina Academies mission is to encourage these unique schools, which are grounded in the teaching authority of the Catholic church, as they offer a distinct, classical liberal arts education. The Henkels’ vision first took root at Regina Coeli Academy in Wyndmoor, PA. From this auspicious beginning, the Regina Academies movement has grown to include four additional grade schools as well as the Regina Chesterton Academy at Cardinal O’Hara High School.
The Regina Academies are “authentically Catholic and academically excellent.” While firmly grounded in the truths of the Catholic faith, our schools provide a classical curriculum. This is a time-tested approach to education that is shaped around the nature of human development and is a natural extension of childhood growth.