A Ministry of Church of the Ascension
Ascension Catholic Academy is a ministry of Church of the Ascension, an anchor on the North Side of Minneapolis for more than a century. The parish community works hard to embody these core values: honoring people as they are; being welcoming, caring, and engaged in our community; and living in gratitude with respect, mutuality, and sacramentality.
The parish celebrates diversity in its many forms, and has as its motto “Life in Abundance,” which captures and expresses the flourishing vitality of the community. All are welcome at Church of the Ascension.
The passion of the parish leaders for rigorous, urban Catholic education began with Ascension Catholic School, which has educated children for more than 125 years. Ascension Catholic Academy was formed in 2016 as a partnership of Ascension Catholic School, St. John Paul II Catholic School and St. Peter Claver Catholic School. Ascension’s Pastor Fr. Dale Korogi serves as Executive Director of the Academy, while Ascension’s Parish Administrator Patricia Stromen serves as Academy President.
The Academy Central Offices are housed along with the Parish Office in the former rectory next to the church.
Our Partner Parishes
With prayers, volunteer support and financial gifts, our partner parishes make a huge difference at Ascension Catholic Academy schools.
Holy Cross Catholic Church
1621 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
St. John Paul II Catholic School is housed on the campus of Holy Cross, which has served Northeast Minneapolis for more than 165 years. Fr. Spencer Howe, pastor at Holy Cross, is an enthusiastic supporter of our school. He and his staff work hard to involve all the congregations associated with Holy Cross — St. Clement, St. Hedwig and St. Anthony of Padua Chapel at Catholic Eldercare — in supporting our school by volunteering, praying and making financial gifts. Visit Holy Cross website.
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
369 Oxford Street North, Saint Paul MN 55104
A faith home for Black Catholics for more than 125 years, St. Peter Claver Catholic Church houses St. Peter Claver School. Pastor Fr. Erich Rutten is the Chaplain for our school and a member of the Ascension Catholic Academy Board. Parishioners offer financial and volunteer support as well as prayers for our scholars. Visit the website of St. Peter Claver Church.
Our Lady of Grace
5071 Eden Ave, Edina, MN 55436
St. John Paul II has a special relationship with Our Lady of Grace. Pastor Fr. Kevin Finnegan is the Chaplain for our school and a member of the Ascension Catholic Academy Board. OLG parishioners give generous financial support, many volunteer hours and countless prayers for our scholars. Students at Our Lady of Grace also support our scholars with gifts from their Santa Shop and with other projects. Visit the website of Our Lady of Grace.
Our Lady of Lourdes
1 Lourdes Pl, Minneapolis, MN 5541
Pastor Fr. Dan Griffith is a member of the Ascension Catholic Academy Board and leads his parishioners in support for our schools, especially its Northeast Minneapolis neighbor St. John Paul II. Our Lady of Lourdes has served a vibrant faith community since 1877. The church, completed in 1857, is the oldest continually operating church in Minneapolis. Visit the website of Our Lady of Lourdes.