Frances Dobbs (STM ’17)
 /  Frances Dobbs (STM ’17)

This summer, Frances Dobbs (STM ’17) spent three weeks at a school in the East African nation of Rwanda, helping set up a new library for its students. What started as a casual conversation about the school with her aunt turned into a journey across the world that Frances will never forget.

At STM, Dobbs is involved heavily in Campus Ministry and community service. “The biggest way that STM has impacted my life has been through the wonderful retreats, my theology classes, and through service,” Dobbs explained. “It is amazing to work with others through service and really feel how connected helping others is to God.”

Frances Dobbs (STM '17) prepares a book drive for a school in Rwanda.

Frances Dobbs (STM ’17) prepares a book drive for a school in Rwanda.

Dobbs’s journey began in 2013 when her aunt started Amahoro Children’s School in Musanze, Rwanda. With nearly 40 percent of the country living in extreme poverty, most Amahoro students cannot pay tuition, but the school strives to provide education to everyone regardless of income. Immediately Dobbs knew that she wanted to help the school in any way that she could. While she was in middle school, Dobbs began helping the school collect basic supplies for her Girl Scout Silver Award project, and when the time came to think about her Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2015, she wanted to think bigger. Through brainstorming and conversations with her aunt, Dobbs came up with the idea to start a school library, a very rare resource for Rwandan schools.

“Frances’s service exemplifies the type of global thinkers and servant leaders that we want our students to be. We are incredibly proud of Frances and all she has accomplished.”
-STM Principal Nicholas Kelly


“I had heard of the beautiful Rwandan people and culture from my aunt,” Dobbs explained. “Knowing that I would get to finally visit the school made me so excited.” Dobbs started the book collection process at area parishes and at St. Thomas More. St. Thomas More students alone contributed over 400 books to the drive.Dobbs then traveled with eight suitcases filled with over 800 books to Rwanda. “People at the school were incredibly grateful. They never imagined having access to a library full of books,” she explained.

Accomplishing the requirements for her Girl Scout Gold Award wasn’t the best part of Dobbs’ trip. “Yes, I set up a library and received my Gold Award,” she said, “but the true gift was how the experience taught me the greatest lessons in unconditional love, humility, and faith. Despite the many obstacles present in their daily lives, they gleam with God’s joy.”

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Additionally, two STM players from our boys volleyball co-op with South Milwaukee High School earned All-Conference recognition. Tyler Adams earned Second Team All-Conference Honors. As team captain and setter, Tyler led the team in assists (464), aces (36), and hitting percentage (0.374) for the season. He finished in the top ten in the state for assists.

Tony Czajka earned First Team All-Conference Honors. As the other team captain and outside hitter, Tony led the team in kills (267) and digs (187) for the season. He finished in the top ten in the state for kills. He was voted First Team All-Conference by all of the Woodland Conference coaches and voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

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Father Christopher (TM '95) visited Lumen Christi yesterday! Read the full post below.

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Today our second grade students welcomed Father Christopher Klusman into their classroom. Father Christopher is the Chaplain at St. Thomas More High School, and is one of only 13 deaf priests in the world. The students learned a lot about Father Christopher's experience as a deaf child and priest. They also shared with him their "Hail Mary" song which they have been learning to sign for both the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and their First Communion.
Read more about Fr. Christopher at It was truly a blessing to have him share his story with our students. See the comments for some pics from the visit.
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Support STM this #GivingTuesday! On Tuesday, November 27, STM will join the global non-profit community by participating in Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. Because of your support for last year’s Giving Tuesday campaign, STM was able to purchase interactive Smart Boards for each of our classrooms, and this year, we are asking for your support to upgrade technology in the Jerry Huennekens Gymnasium. For this year’s campaign, STM is requesting donations to purchase a high-definition projector and large display screen for the gymnasium, drastically improving the quality of our all-school assemblies and Masses. As you can see in the video below from last week’s Veterans Day assembly, our out-of-date projector and small screen do not match the high caliber of our speaker system or the size of our typical audience. Will you support STM this #GivingTuesday, helping us raise at least $6,300 for these much-needed improvements? ... See MoreSee Less

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