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The Chesterton Gala 2016 – January 29, 2016

Chesterton Academy welcomed 1,000 guests to our annual fundraiser on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the beautiful Hilton Minneapolis. The evening was a night of blessings to remember – from the musical performances, to the outstanding art show, the incredible student speeches, to the surprise proclamation read by Archbishop Hebda recognizing Chesterton Academy as a Catholic school. We danced the night away to the incredible music of John and Claudia Capello and the Fabulous Chestertones! Thank you all for making this such a magical evening and for helping us raise much needed funds to make a Chesterton Academy education a reality for our young people in the 2016-17 academic year.

A Culture of Life: An Introduction to Chesterton Academy

Chesterton Academy students join co-founders Tom Bengtson and Dale Ahlquist to reflect on the history, mission and impact of Chesterton Academy.
(Our thanks to Paul Loomis, Loominator Productions, for video production!)

The Chesterton Gala – February 8, 2014
Enjoy these highlights from The Chesterton Gala held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, MN.

Chesterton Academy Junior Class Play 2014 – Come Rack, Come Rope
In January, 2014, the Juniors of Chesterton Academy presented the world premiere of Come Rack! Come Rope! – a play by Dale Ahlquist and Adrian Ahlquist. The play is based on the historical novel by the English priest, Robert Hugh Benson (1871–1914), a convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism. He was the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Juniors dedicated their performances to the priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to honor their vocations. For more information on the script or the DVD of the play, please contact Chesterton Academy.

Chesterton Academy Chamber Choir – Ave Maria, Sergei Rachmaninoff
All students sing in the Chesterton Academy Choir throughout their four years of high school. The Chesterton Academy Chamber Choir is an extracurricular activity for students who seek to devote additional time to choral performance. The performance below was recorded at the Chesterton Academy Choir Advent Concert, December 13, 2013. Please help us transform the culture through outstanding, classical education taught through the lens of the Catholic faith. Click here to support us today!

Chesterton Academy students sing for your support!
Our students produced this video to help raise funds for our school. If this tune brings a smile to your face, has you tapping your feet (even just a little bit) and makes you wish you had a school like Chesterton Academy when you were in high school, please make a donation to support our endeavors! Donate online today at

Chesterton Academy Fourth Annual Benefit Gala
Student Speech Delivered by Henning Rotstein ’13

Chesterton Academy Third Annual Benefit Gala
Student Speech Delivered by McKaela Laxen ’12
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The Chesterton Academy Curriculum
presented by the students of Chesterton Academy

A Day in the Life of Chesterton Academy
presented by the students of Chesterton Academy

Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society and Co-Founder, Chesterton Academy
Father Mitch Pacwa talks with Dale Ahlquist about G.K. Chesterton on EWTN