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SMA Receives Major Gift

Officials of Stella Maris Academy announced Thursday, September 13 that the school has received a major gift from the Lorraine Casshie Trust. The gift in its entirety may total more than one million dollars.

Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba welcomed the news. “We are grateful to God for the generosity of Lorraine Casshie and all those who love and support the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Duluth,” he said.

Stella Maris Academy officials noted the funds will provide a much-needed reserve that the school lacked to this point and can help the school take the next steps toward realizing its vision. That vision includes advancing a curriculum grounded in Catholic intellectual tradition, continuing the development and implementation of the Formation Model of Education, and making high school programming a reality.

“Ms. Casshie’s gift exemplifies a deep love and appreciation for Catholic school education,” said Board Treasurer Paul Fitzgerald.  “Our Stella Maris Academy community is blessed by her example of Catholic stewardship and by the many who contribute every day to the success of our (educational) mission.”

Leaders urge others who have appreciated the positive effects of Catholic school education to remember the Academy when making estate planning decisions and join the thousands of people who, through financial donations, have made Catholic education in Duluth a cornerstone of Christian development.

Lorraine Casshie died in 2017 at the age of 91 and was a lifelong active member of Holy Family Church in Duluth. A Duluth Denfeld graduate, she retired from Norwest Bank as an assistant trust officer after 32 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl in 2011.

For inquiries on estate giving to Stella Maris Academy, contact the Board Development Committee at board@stellamaris.academy.


Fox21 coverage: Stella Maris Academy Receives Million Dollar Gift from Duluth Native

 2018 Work-A-Thon

On Friday, October 12th, Stella Maris Academy students hit the streets, parks and neighborhood yards to clean, rake and pick up garbage.

Stella Maris Academy teaches our students to Lead, Love and Serve. As a part of that mission, we ask our students and families to go out into the community to serve. One example of that service is accomplished during the Work-A-Thon. Our Work-A-Thon is an opportunity for us to share how we can serve our community and invite the community to join in our mission.

You can find the students from our St. John’s campus working in the Woodland neighborhood raking leaves and winterizing gardens along with work along Calvary Road picking up garbage. The St. James campus students will be in the school vicinity including the Denfeld High School neighborhood. The Holy Rosary campus will also be participating by offering service to our neighbors and cleanup in the surrounding area as part of this school-wide day of service.

Our ability to live out our mission through service is supported by generous donors who believe in the mission of Catholic school education.

Thank you for your support of the students at Stella Maris Academy and our commitment to service!

We would also like to thank these local businesses for sponsoring this community event:

Higgins Industrial Supply Company
Jim Perrault ConstructionArrow Lift


State Farm InsuranceTwin Ports Paper

Pre-Kindergarten Program


Elementary Grades (K-4)

SMA Elementary

Middle School Academics (5-8)

SMA Middle School

Oh Mary our Mother, Whom all souls call Stella Maris,


Teach us, you who are the Star of the Sea,
Stella Maris, our protector and guide, pray for us,
that we may live in accordance with the will of God.
Be our teacher from heaven, to know His great mercy
to live fully in His love, to celebrate faithfully His traditions,
and to walk steadfast in His truth. 
Oh sweet Stella Maris,
Oh bright shining star,

Welcome to Stella Maris

Stella Maris Academy is a coming together of a Catholic community for the educational formation of students to become good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor, and enriching society with the influence of the gospel. As a community of faith, Stella Maris Academy believes the authentic spirit of Catholicism should permeate the curriculum; with truth, beauty, and goodness imbued in all aspects of learning. Guided by the principles of our values, the mission of our academic community is to prepare lifelong learners who lead, love, and serve as Jesus taught, therefore transforming our world one student at a time.


Our SMA Community

"Together, the families, students, faculty, priests, sisters and all here at Stella Maris Academy create the environment where love, truth, mercy and tradition live. We are guided by the Church and the power of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses of Christ through the community we build and the learning we foster, through the leadership and stewardship we show, the recognition of the innumerable and diverse gifts God has given to each of us and for the respect for each other and the love of our Catholic identity.

Without a doubt Stella Maris Academy will be known in our community and beyond for the exemplary formation of not only our students, but also of our families and for the great work we do together through Stella Maris Academy. We will be second to none for the depth and breadth of our commitment to bettering the world through our intellectual, spiritual, human and stewardship formation focus. Stella Maris Academy students will go out into the world virtuous and wise." 

-Hilaire Hauer, President of Stella Maris Academy

Stella Maris Sentinels




School Day Hours

St. James Campus: 
Kindergarten – 8th grade: 7:40 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Pre-Kindergarten: 7:40 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Holy Rosary Campus: 
Kindergarten – 4th grade: 7:40 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Pre-Kindergarten: 7:40 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

St. John's Campus: 
5th– 8th Grade: 7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

SMA in the News

Stella Maris Academy Receives Million Dollar Gift from Duluth Native 
September 19th FOX21 story link here

Students and parents invited to open house before school begins 
August 30th FOX21 story link here

Stella Maris dedicates playground to students' late parent 
August 29th WDIO story link here

Blessing held for the new Stella Maris playground 
August 29th KBJR story link here

Students bring home 1st place from National History Day
August 1st WDIO story link here

SMA finds confidence in smooth merger and positive enrollment
November 15th KBJR6 story link here

Students at Stella Maris care for their community
October 27th KBJR6 story link here

First Day of School
September 5th WDIO-TV story link here

Stella Maris Academy Takes on New Identity; Board Members Focus on Next Step
April 2nd WDIO-TV story link here

Diocese of Duluth announces new school's name
Link to story in the Duluth News Tribune April 1st here

Stella Maris Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.