Letter from Bishop Conley to parents, students, alumni, and friends of St. Gregory’s Academy

Greetings to parents, students and alumni of St. Gregory’s Academy,

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Bishop James D. Conley, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Denver. I was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Denver under Archbishop Charles Chaput, in May of 2008 by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.

I also happen to be a close, life-long friend of Mr. Howard Clark. We were roommates at the University of Kansas and fellow students of the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program in mid 1970s. I have great admiration and esteem for Mr. Clark’s accomplishments as teacher, mentor, and Head Master over these many years at St. Gregory’s Academy. The individual and collective achievements at SGA are truly remarkable. I have met many alumni over the years and have had a number of them as students when I served as chaplain of the University of Dallas Rome program and as theology instructor for Christendom College Rome campus. I have seen them juggle, heard them sing, and watched them pray. I have been inspired and edified by the unique and unmistakable character of the SGA education and formation.

Like all of us, I was deeply saddened and disappointed to hear the announcement last week of the closure of SGA. I know this unfortunate news has affected many loyal parents and families of the academy. My own experience, however, has taught me that with every disappointment in life, Our Lord offers an opportunity for growth in holiness.

A few years ago, Mr. Clark and I, along with a few dedicated graduates of SGA, established a non-profit corporation entitled the Clairvaux Institute. This new institute was established to be an educational foundation dedicated to promoting a classical liberal arts education and a return to the sources of authentic Catholic Culture.

I can tell you that there is a real possibility of a new school starting next fall modeled in the tradition of St. Gregory’s Academy under the auspices of the Clairvaux Institute.

Many things must be sorted out and many obstacles have to be overcome. Everyone is still dealing with the shock of the recent announcement. My sincere prayer is that this note of introduction will serve as an encouragement to the whole St. Gregory’s family.

Presently, the Clairvaux Institute is looking for suitable property for our inaugural year. We have some very promising prospects. Nothing is certain at this point, but as Catholics, we are called and invited to “cross the threshold of hope.” I am honored to be a part of this praiseworthy endeavor. We will keep you informed as events unfold.

In the meantime, be assured of my prayers and please redouble your prayers for all those who are involved in this worthy and noble initiative.

Saint Gregory the Great, pray for us.

Sincerely Yours In Christ,
James D. Conley, S.T.L

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  1. Jim and Alice Bascom says:

    Dear Bishop Conley,

    We are very interested in supporting this effort and recognize the importance of this school opening this fall. Please let us know what we can do, including financial help.

    Jim and Alice Bascom

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