About Harmel Academy

About Harmel Academy
About Harmel Academy2019-02-09T17:23:26+00:00

… I am encouraged by your vision and planning efforts to found the Harmel Academy of the Trades within the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  Your plan to build this post-secondary academy upon the foundations of Church teaching, skill development, and faith formation offers our young people a unique opportunity to grow in their faith while acquiring life-long skills.

Most Rev. David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids

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Work is for man, and not man for work.

Pope St. John Paul II (Laborem Exercens)

Vision Document

A Little History

2020

Begin First Class

October 2018

Financial Plan and Fundraising Goals Established

July 2018

Draft Operating Plan Established with Host College

April 2018

Local College Campus Host Identified

January 2018

Tax Exemption Granted by IRS

September 2017

A Successful Information Seminar

Full Timeline

Board of Trustees

RYAN POHL
RYAN POHLCO-FOUNDER
J.T. WEIS
J.T. WEISTRUSTEE
BRIAN BLACK
BRIAN BLACKCO-FOUNDER
Our Advisors

Léon Harmel

Léon Harmel (1829-1915) was a successful French Catholic industrialist who led a movement to recognize the dignity and rights of industrial workers. He transformed his factory into a “Christian Corporation” by providing safe working conditions, a just wage, worker associations, health care, and retirement benefits during a time of extreme worker exploitation throughout industrial Europe.

His work was praised by Pope Leo XIII, with whom he became a close associate and friend. Harmel’s work directly inspired and influenced Leo XIII’s great encyclical Rerum Novarum.

Harmel is the father of a truly practiced Catholic Social Teaching in modern times, and in turn inspires us to serve and help form Catholic workers.

Léon Harmel

Léon Harmel (1829-1915) was a successful French Catholic industrialist who led a movement to recognize the dignity and rights of industrial workers. He transformed his factory into a “Christian Corporation” by providing safe working conditions, a just wage, worker associations, health care, and retirement benefits during a time of extreme worker exploitation throughout industrial Europe.

His work was praised by Pope Leo XIII, with whom he became a close associate and friend. Harmel’s work directly inspired and influenced Leo XIII’s great encyclical Rerum Novarum.

Harmel is the father of a truly practiced Catholic Social Teaching in modern times, and in turn inspires us to serve and help form Catholic workers.

It is necessary that Harmels be multiplied. Harmels must be multiplied!

Pope Leo XIII (1887)