O Oriens! O Radiant Dawn from on High!

Every morning, the men of Harmel Academy gather in our oratory to pray the Lauds of the Divine Office. And there is a line that always gets me in the recitation of the Benedictus:

“In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

In God’s Providence, the days now begin to lengthen as we prepare to celebrate the joyful entrance of the Son of God into the world of darkness. 

So despite the many concerning challenges in our world today (some of which I lay out here), there is hope!

At Harmel Academy, we’re working hard not only to bear witness to hope, but to manifest that hope by providing a community where aspiring young tradesmen can learn that, as St. John Paul II says in Laborem Exercens, work is a precursor of hope. True work—creating and renewing the world in collaboration with Jesus Christ—participates in and bears witness to the renewal, recreation, and dawn of God’s love in the world. 

The Gospel of Work is the Good News of the New Good! 

Christmas is almost here. Would you consider a special gift to the men of Harmel Academy by helping us provide them with a community of work, prayer, and study — a community of excellent work animated by the joyful hope of Jesus Christ?

Every gift is a chance to help form the next generation of Catholic tradesmen, men who in their work and character can help bring the light of Christ to the world. 

Please consider a year end gift today.

We can’t do this without you.

In Christ, With Joyful Anticipation,


David Michael Phelps

President, Harmel Academy of the Trades

P.S. In addition to the prayers and support of our friends, we also rely very much on our friends spreading our work to their friends and network. I hope you will consider sharing our work with those you know, either through sharing our harmelacademy.com, by signing up for our newsletters, or following us on the various social media (links below).

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