The Maria Kaupas Center is a Catholic space where spirituality, community and leadership merge creating opportunities for the people of all faiths to grow and develop as effective agents of God’s love.
The Maria Kaupas Center (MKC) (located in the former convent – connected to the high school) is a faith-based organization that focuses on spirituality, education, leadership, and community building. It represents a revitalized mission and renewed evangelization efforts of the Sisters of St. Casimir in light of the closing of their beloved Maria High School. The Center resulted through collaborative planning by the Sisters of St. Casimir, the De LaSalle Christian Brothers, and community and school leaders following the announcement that operations at Maria High School would cease and the Catalyst Network of charter schools would open a K-12 charter school in its place.
Mission & History
Words from Amy Eckhouse,Program Director
I am so excited about the immense possibilities of the Maria Kaupas Center.
Our students had an active roll in creating a safe, open, and welcoming space for their peers. We are engaged in programming that will enhance spiritual development, leadership and community building. We started out small in the spring with three programs and now, in the fall, we are developed and offer different progamming every weekday. A teen leadership group has been formed. Our "team leaders" are students who assist in the decision making regarding the physicality of the center and will help identify the needs among their peers, as well as the youth in the community.
I hope you join in our enthusiasm as the Maria Kaupas Center seeks to inform, enlighten, and strengthen a community of independent, moral scholars.
The spiral celebrates the evolution of the universe. It speaks to every soul who desires growth and empowerment. We are all interconnected and when we realize this, each of us has the power within to create a just, peaceful, loving existence.