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Changes Coming to Marmion Athletics

Marmion Academy’s Athletic Department will be under new leadership next school year as Joe Chivari returns to a full-time teaching position after 15 years as the school’s Athletic Director. Andrew Damato, currently the assistant AD and 2001 graduate of the Academy, begins his career as the Athletic Director this July. Damato joined Marmion’s staff in 2012 as Director of Student Affairs and has also worked as assistant Athletic

Director the last two years.  Before coming to Marmion, Damato worked for three years at Guerin Colleg e Prep High School where he held numerous positions  in cluding Dean of Students and Boys Athletic Director.

One of Damato’s first tasks as AD will be leading the search for a new head baseball coach.  At the end of the current season Coach David Rakow announced that he accepted the position as the Director of the Academic Center at Marmion and plans to focus on building that program. Rakow has coached Cadets baseball since 2006. His first season coaching sophomore baseball the team had an impressive record of 20-2. He then coached varsity for 8 seasons with a record of 150-85. Under his direction the Cadets have won 5 conference championships and 4 regional championships. Rakow will continue coaching at the lower level for football and basketball.

Applicants interested in the head baseball coaching position can fill out the online application at

Marmion Graduates Earn $16 + Million in Scholarships

Marmion Academy in Aurora graduated the 125 members of the Class of 2015 on May 22. Class Co-Valedictorians Thomas Sieben of Aurora and Robert Stephens of Bartlett, Salutatorian Colin Sheehan of Geneva, and guest speaker Right Reverend John Brahill, OSB ’67, Abbot of Marmion Abbey/President of Marmion Academy, addressed the graduates. Director of Student Academic Services Joseph Large announced that 76% of the graduates were awarded scholarships and grants totaling more than $16 million. 100% of the Class of 2015 has been accepted by a college or university and will attend 66 different universities in 24 states next year. One graduate will enter directly into the military: Eric Ortlund of Aurora has enlisted in the US Army.  Click for more...

Marmion Sings at Memorial Day Parade
Members of the Marmion Men’s Chorus sing at the conclusion of the ceremony which would kick-off the parade and festivities in honor of Memorial Day in Downtown Aurora on May 25, 2015. The Students participating in this ceremony featured in the photo from left to right were Harrison Kearby ‘16, Sharbel Romanos ’15, Patrick Zolfo ’15, Tim Gilmore ’16, Conroy Unruh ’15, Dave Carrano ’16, and Paul Bancroft ’15. They Performed arrangements of In Flander’s Fields, A well known song composed from a poem written during World War I to honor those who sacrificed their lives, and concluded the Ceremonies with a rendition of God Bless America.

World Languages Awarded Top Honors
Marmion Academy students in Latin, French, Spanish and Italian have again brought top national, state and regional honors home as a result of their rankings in each language's National Examination Contests. Read more ...

The BIG GIVE 2015

Thank you to everyone who contributed during Marmion Academy’s second BIG GIVE!  Your participation helped us exceed our $36,000 goal as “Together we keep Marmion strong!” Because of your generosity,  we received our $10,000 challenge donation and the BIG GIVE raised a grand total of $46,450 for the Marmion Fund which supports the operations of the Academy to fulfill its Catholic-Benedictine mission of spiritual formation, academic excellence and leadership development!

If you are still interested in participating in any of the fun promotions, the Big Give website will remain operational throughout the weekend. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Marmion Leadership Programs Award Top Honors


Top students from Marmion Academy’s leadership programs were recognized for their outstanding work throughout the 2014-2015 school year during awards ceremonies on May 8.   Read more...

Marmion Excels at AATI National Italian Exam

Marmion students achieved 9 national placements  at the AATI National Italian Examination Contest.  140 schools participated from 20 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.  Only 6 Illinois high schools placed in the national rankings.  Marmion Academy has 9 National Placements and 5 National Honorable Mentions.  Click here to read more....

Marmion-Rosary Band & Marmion Men's Chorus Excel at State

The Marmion-Rosary Band received four nominations for Exemplary Soloist Awards and 27 State Gold medals at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The WSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest was held at the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee.  Only students that received Star performances in the Class A District Level competition competed in this festival.


Marmion Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Marmion Academy is proud to announce that seniors Joseph Dutton of Aurora, Jacob Ebert of Sycamore and RobertStephen, Jr. of Bartlett have been named Finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.    The National Merit Scholar process is based on critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores earned on a student’s Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). The award process begins during a student’s junior year with more than 1.5 million students vying for the National Merit Scholar title. At the beginning of one’s senior year, this number is narrowed down to 50,000 students and two-thirds (34,000 students) are named Commended Scholars and the remaining one-third (16,000 students) are named National Merit Semifinalists.

Semifinalists are the highest-scoring individuals in their home state. Those students who move forward in the competition and are selected as Finalists (as Dutton, Ebert and Stephens have been) will have the chance to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million dollars and earn the nationally recognized and coveted Merit Scholar title.

Seniors Named Aurora Noon Rotary Students of the Month

Marmion seniors (pictured left to right) Sean Dickerson of St. Charles , Andrew Glanville of St. Charles, Trevor Jones of Oswego, and Connor Dunleavy of Geneva were selected as Aurora Noon Rotary Students of the Month on February 23, 2015. These four students were selected for this honor based upon their academic record, school activities, community activities, and leadership positions within these activities.

Rotary is a service organization made up of volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self.” The Rotary Club of Aurora is one of the oldest service clubs in the community. Chartered in 1923, it has 68 members who come from all walks of life.

Lacrosse Team Works to Feed the Hungry
The Marmion Academy Lacrosse Team, along with coaches and family members, served together on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora.  A total of 84 players and adults worked tirelessly measuring and packaging food, labeling food packages, boxing, sealing, and carrying 134 boxes to the shipping room to deliver to children in need. Enough food was packaged to feed 80 children for ONE YEAR! This is an annual team-building service project for the Marmion Lacrosse Team.

President's Volunteer Service Award

Marmion Academy senior Timothy Mason of Newark, IL has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their community and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of Present Barack Obama. Marmion Academy nominated Mason for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service. 


Marmion Rosary Winter Concert

The Marmion-Rosary Band, Marmion-Rosary Jazz Ensemble and Marmion Men’s Chorus will present their Winter Concert on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM. The program will take place in Marmion Academy’s Alumni Hall Gymnasium Admission will only be through the East entry of the gym. Admission is free, with free-will donations accepted. 

The Marmion-Rosary Band will feature works composed just after World War Two, with an emphasis on France and America. Also associated with this concert will be contributions from the Marmion Fine Arts Department under the direction if Lisa Dzuriscko and the French Language Department under the direction of Angela Vock. Art work of France will be displayed specific to each provence featured in the music in the concert. In addition, a sampling of French cheeses from each provence will be served to the audience. 

Lenten Fish Fry
Marmion’s Fishing Team will be hosting a Lenten Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, February 27 from 4-7 pm. Each meal is $10 and includes 3 pieces of Sgt. Dotson’s Famous Fried Catfish, french fries, hushpuppies, cole slaw and a dinner roll. Drive through service only at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora (follow the signs to the circle drive behind the school). Meals must be pre-purchased at All proceeds go directly to Marmion’s Fishing Team.

Monks Host All School Luncheon
On Wednesday, January 28, the Marmion Academy community celebrated both Catholic Schools Week and the "Year of Consecrated Life” (a year of the Catholic Church honoring all men and women in religious orders). The Marmion monastic community treated the staff, faculty and student body to lunch with the monks helping serve the meal. The festive meal featured an extended lunch period, a decorated dining hall, piano music played by several Marmion students, a delicious Italian luncheon from Belgio’s Catering, and a few words of welcome from Abbot John Brahill O.S.B. ’67 and Head of School and Principal Mr. Anthony Tinerella ’84.  Special mention and thanks was given to the Marmion Alumni Association who generously funded the event. Mr. Wayne Hoover ’87, the chairman of the Alumni Board, also shared a few thoughts with the students. 

Marmion/Rosary Jazz Band receives 1st Place at North Shore Jazz Fest

The Marmion-Rosary Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo received 1st place trophies in the Class A Jazz Ensemble and the Class A Jazz Combo at the 38th annual North Shore Jazz Fest held at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL on Saturday, January 24. Both groups received first division ratings from all three judges. Thirty-four high school jazz bands and 13 junior high bands competed in the festival. Members of the Marmion-Rosary Jazz Combo are Genevieve Streich of Aurora, Thomas Sieben of Aurora, Phillip Grant Swanson of Batavia, Harrison Kearby of Aurora, and Sam Kluber of Batavia.

The Marmion-Rosary Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo are comprised of students from Marmion Academy and Rosary High School, under the direction of Stephen Thurlow. The program is dedicated to developing the highest standards of musical excellence and inspiring our Band's members to lead.

Service Above Self Awards Presented to Marmion Seniors

Marmion Academy seniors Rusty Joyce of Aurora and Timothy Mason of Newark were two of 25 area students to receive the 2015 Service Above Self Award on Monday, January 19. The awards were presented by Mayor Thomas Weisner at Waubonsie Valley High School during the annual Martin Luther King Day celebration sponsored by the City of Aurora.  

Each year at Aurora’s annual MLK Commemoration, the Service Above Self Awards are presented to area students who have been nominated by their school and community leaders for carrying on King’s tradition of service to the community.


Campus Closed Monday, Feb. 2
Due to excessive snowfall, blowing snow, and dangerous road conditions, Marmion Academy will be closed tomorrow, February 2. All after school activities have also been cancelled.

Marmion Senior Honored with Ted Brattin Civic Youth Service Award

Marmion Academy senior Blake Turcich, of Geneva, was one of 10 local students honored with the 2014 Ted Brattin Civic Youth Award. Ted Brattin was an Aurora businessman who was involved in founding the Aurora Council of the Navy League and the Aurora-Naperville Rotary Club. This annual award is presented to Fox Valley youth ages 13-19 who, like Brattin, have shown outstanding leadership and selfless service to the community. Read more ...

MA/RHS Pancake Breakfast

Please plan on attending the 2015 Music Boosters International Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 8:30 AM - 1 PM in the Lux Dining Hall. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash brown, beverages and unlimited pancakes and toppings. All proceeds from this breakfast go to support the activities of the Marmion/Rosary Music program.

There will be performances by the West Suburban Suzuki Strings directed by Sara Smith, the Holy Angels Choir directed by Jodi Taylor, The Rosary Chorus directed by Megan Drahos, the Marmion Men's Choir directed by Brian Birch and the Marmion Combo and Jazz Ensemble directed by Steven Thurlow.

Tickets are $7 per person or $25 for a family of 5. Children aged 3-12 years old are $5 and children under 3 are free. Tickets can be purchased through a band or chorus member or by contacting Jim Tomkei at or (630) 981-1212.

Marmion Choir sings Christmas Carols at Fox Knoll Community Center

The Marmion Men's choir sang to residents at the Fox Knoll Community center.  Pictured with the Marmion Men's Choir are alumni from Marmion and Madonna (the original sister school of Marmion).



Sophomore Clothing Drive Yields 1+ Tons of Clothing
Marmion Academy's Sophomore Theology classes and Campus Ministry co-sponsored a Winter Clothing Drive with a goal of collecting a ton of clothes, literally. The students strived to collect more than 2,000 lbs. of clothing to be delivered to 3 local agencies: Hesed House, Lazarus House and Wayside Cross Ministries. Each class was challenged to collectively donate the largest amount of gently used winter clothing. When the drive closed on October 31st, the Sophomore class soared above the rest hauling in over 700 lbs. of the total 1+ tons of coats, hats and gloves donated. Marmion Moms and Dads sorted and boxed the clothes which were then delivered to the participating agencies.

Coach Thorpe Receives Marmion's Distinguished Service Award

Dan Thorpe was presented with the Fr. Alcuin Deck Distinguished Service Award for the first semester of the 2014-2015 academic year on Friday, December 5 during an all-school PRIDE Assembly. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contribution and faithful service to Marmion Academy and in gratitude for exemplifying a spirit of charity and dedication as a member of the Marmion faculty and staff.

Coach Thorpe has been a fixture at Marmion since arriving in August of 2005 as the head football coach and teacher in Social Studies. He has remained as Head Football Coach to the present day, as well as Head Track and Field Coach.  Since the 2006-07 school year, he has been the College Guidance Counselor at Marmion. A native of Wisconsin, Dan and his wife Dana are the parents of two surviving children, a daughter and a son. Recognized for his coaching achievements in previous assignments in Wisconsin and Ohio, Dan has also received numerous accolades for his coaching success at Marmion. He has been a tireless promoter of the Marmion mission, assisting in the Academy retreat program and devoting countless hours in providing counsel for college bound Marmion students. He serves as a role model for students and as a man of faith and integrity. 

Sophomore Wins NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Bears Championship

The Chicago Bears announced at the Bears vs. Tampa game on Sunday, November 23 that Marmion sophomore Connor Hoeft of Sugar Grove was the winner of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Bears Championship contest involving 40 other participants from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Hoeft registered the highest point total booting a 51-yard kick-off and a 35-yard punt at the Chicago Bears beautiful indoor-field facility in Lake Forest. On November 23 Hoeft demonstrated his arm strength with the longest pass of 47 yards before 65,000 happy Bears fans at Soldier Field.

Marmion Schroeder Rifle Team

Marmion Schroeder Rifle team competed in the Central Illinois Precision Shooting Fall Classic November 15, 2014. We had a precision and sporter team. In three position air rifle, precision team finished first with a score of 2209. Team members were Jorge Ochoa, Samuel Kluber, Matthew Kowalkowski, and Charles Richard.  Overall individual match results were Matthew Kowalkowski third (562 points), Jorge Ochoa first intermediate junior (560 points) and Samuel Kluber was six overall (550 points).

Dr. Scholl Mezzanine Gallery to host 7 Mixed Gallery Artists
The Dr. Scholl's Mezzanin Gallery will be hosting 7 Mixed Media Artist beginning November 2 through November 30.  The artists included are Tania Blanco, Bar Pompei Boland, Marjorie Boyd, Sandy Finch, Maureen Gasek, Joan Lucht and Jerri Reinmann.  A reception will be held on Sunday November 2 from 3p.m. - 5p.m.  For more information, please contact Lisa Dzuricsko via email at

1st Place for Marmion/Rosary Band in Morengo Settler's Day Parade
The Marmion Rosary Band received the first place trophy in Parade Competition class A at the Morengo Settler’s Day Parade and Field Show competition held Sunday October 12th.  In field show competiton, Marmion-Rosary place fourth behind Evergreen Park (first place), Sandwich (second), and Morris (third).   The Marmion-Rosary Marching Band is under the direction of Mr. Stephen Thurlow, assistant Brian Birch, guard directors Samantha Dedic and Carrie Huebner, drill choreographer Alan Temby, Drum Majors Jacob Nardone and Genevieve Streich, and guard Captain Suzanne Quinn. 

20th Anniversary Celebration of the L&S and Lead Program
Marmion is celebrating 20 years of the L&S and LEAD programs on October 5 beginning at 11:00a.m. in the Abbey Church for Mass and immediately followed by a luncheon and program in the Lux Dining Hall. Read more...

Christian Surtz '16 Wins National Video Contest
Christian Surtz '16 is one of two national 16-18 year-old winners of the IP (Intellectual Property) Video Contest for his 90-second video explaining the importance of the patent system and how a patented invention has had an effect on his life. Surtz’s 90-second video features Knuckle Lights TM, hand-held lights designed for safe walking/running/cycling in the dark, invented by Dan Hopkins. Read more ...

+Fr. Gregory Obee, O.S.B. Art Exhibit
Marmion is hosting an exhibit of artwork by the late Fr. Gregory Obee, O.S.B. now through October 4.  the exhibit, held in the Dr. Scholl Exhibit Mezzanine at Marmion is open to the public.  Gallery hours are 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.  A reception, also open the public, will be held on Sunday, September 28 from 1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m..  For more information please contact Gallery Director Lisa Dzuricksko at (630) 897-6936 ext 216 or

Part-time Bus Driver Wanted
Marmion Academy is looking for a part-time bus driver available weekdays, evenings and some weekends. Qualified individuals must have all endorsements for school bus operation, air brake endorsement, be able to pass DOT physical, and have interstate clearance designation. Please contact Mike Mitchell at 630-897-6936 ext. 212 if interested.

Grand Opening Celebration for The Nagel Emporium

Marmion’s Abbey Farms announces the grand opening celebration of The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. The celebration is open to the public. The Nagel Emporium’s main entrance is located at 2855 Hart Road in Aurora IL, 60502 (just one half mile north of Butterfield Road on the east side of the street).

The barn-chic venue can host up to 350 guests and is the perfect location for wedding receptions, family and class reunions, corporate events, and all large gatherings. The interior is finished with 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood, elegant chandeliers and vintage furnishings. A private brick patio overlooks the farm grounds and offers a breathtaking sunset over the Fox Valley. 

Please visit, email or call 630-966-7775 Ext. 5 for more information about The Nagel Emporium and/or Abbey Farms.

Watch Graduation 2014!

Did you miss the graduation of the Class of 2014? Watch it on Thank you to our Broadcasting Club for volunteering to record this year's graduation.

Live the Fourth Day

Live the Fourth Day - Since 1997, Kairos have been the summit of Marmion's retreat program. Mrs. Kosky and a group of the first Kairos leaders have offered to match all gifts up to $1,000 made in honor of the Kairos experience. Remember to live the Fourth Day!

Get Your Very Own Sketch by Mrs. D

Own a Custom Mrs. D. Sketch signed by Mrs. D. - Just as Mrs. D challenges her students to express themselves through art, beloved instructor Mrs. Dzurickso challenges you to be generous to the MARMION FUND.  For a $50 gift, you will receive a custom sketch singed by Mrs. D.

$10,000 Challenge

A anonymous donor has offered a $10,000 gift to the MARMION FUND, but we need to reach our goal of $36,000 by midnight on May 22nd. Your gift of $36, $360 or $3,600 will help us reach and exceed our goal.
BIG GIVE $10,000 Challenge Donor Rewards:

  • $36 donors will receive a "Marmion Strong" Decal
  • $360 will receive a Marmion decal, paperweight and hat
  • and for a $3,600 gift you will receive all of those and the official Marmion Flag!

#TBT Pennant Race

Here is a Throw Back Thursday for you MMA grads. Donate $200 or more to the #TBT Pennant Race and receive a unique Marmion retro pennant. Only a limited number are available so make your donation while supplies last.

King R Challenge

King R's Two Five Challenge - 2/5 or 2/5 BABY! Anyone who was lucky enough to have King R in class knows the rules if you show up late. 25 cents or 25 sentences. With a modest donation of $25 (or more) you will receive a unique membership card to the 2/5 Club.

Dormer Double

For those alumni who called Marmion home for four years – we salute you!  A few fellow residents have offered to double your donation (up to $1500) made in honor of all resident alumni.  In addition, you will receive a Benedictine medal blessed by Fr. Michael ’70 along with a special note.

Be a part of the Charlie Challenge

Honor Fr. Charles' 43 years fundraising for Marmion. We are looking for 43 donations in honor of Fr. Charles. A Mass will be said for the intentions of those who donate to the Charlie Challenge.

Help us put a smile on SGM Gissel's Face

SGM Gissel has been an impressive force at Marmion for more than 20 years. Known for his stern look, SGM has agreed to crack a rarely viewed smile for all to see if we can raise $1,000 between 3:00-5:00pm.  Donate now and  SGM's smiling face will become Marmion's Cover photo for the rest of the Big Give!

Leadership Programs Award Top Honors
Marmion Academy’s leadership programs announced their new student leaders for the 2013-14 school year during awards ceremonies on May 9.  Top students from each program were also recognized for their outstanding work throughout this school year. Read more ... 
Junior Alexander Vandenberg announced as new JROTC Battalion Commander
Junior Evan Pickard Named 2014-15 LEAD Executive Student Director

Flannigan Rifles #1 Army JROTC Drill Team in Nation
Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles Drill Team competed in the 2014 National High School Drill Team Championships on May 4-5 in Daytona Beach, FL. They were one of 25 teams competing in the Demilitarized (Armed) Division of the Masters Level. Led by this year’s Commander Christopher Voirin of Batavia and Executive Officer Andrew Graves of Batavia,  Flannigan Rifles placed third overall in the Nation and were the number one US Army JROTC School at the National Championships. Read more...

Summer Camps

Marmion Academy is offering a variety of camps this summer for students in grades 3-12.

Click here for additional details and registration information.

Marmion Honors SGM Schroeder


Marmion Academy honored SGM (Ret) Walter "Wally" Schroeder, Jr. USA for his "Strength & Honor" at the 52nd Annual Salute to Youth. Read more ...
This tribute video was produce by Marmion parent, Ed Saloga, father of Jack '16.

Dr. Holinger Receives Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Richard Holinger, an accomplished author and English teacher at Marmion Academy, was presented with the Fr. Alcuin Deck Distinguished Service Award for the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year on Tuesday, March 18. Upon receiving this award, Holinger recited an original poem he wrote for the occasion which began:

From teacher newbies in their twenties, this “Thank you” might have been texted,
However, from a wannabe Robert Frost, verse may be expected.
I’m happier this morning than a newly resurrected soul
To be receiving this “Distinguished” plaque from Chaplain Father Joel ...
Click here to read more ....

Seniors Named national Merit Finalists

Marmion Academy is proud to announce that seniors, Michael Desch, Nicholas Ruble, and Brian Simon have been named Finalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

As Finalists Desch, Ruble and Simon will have the chance to compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million dollars and earn the nationally recognized and coveted Merit Scholar title.

Cadets Awarded at Military Night
Marmion Academy's JROTC program held its annual Military Night on Sunday, February 9 at 7:15 pm. The evening included an awards ceremony, performances by the Flannigan Rifles Drill Team and remarks by this year's guest of honor, Mr. Daniel Feehan '01. Read more ...

Forty-Two Seniors Named Illinois State Scholars
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has named forty-two Marmion Academy seniors (34% of the class) Illinois State Scholars. Thirty-six of these scholars were automatically selected because they earned a composite score of 30 or higher on the ACT. 

Daniel Bicknell, Zachary Bosh, Daniel Buckley, Shane Carmody, Daniel Creighton, Michael Desch, Jack Fergus, Nicholas Ferraro, Garrett Fisher, Noel Goding, John Graft, Kevin Hoss, Alexander Kirtley, Alexander Krasula, Eric Lifka, Zachary Mazur, Alexander Mehrer, Ross Moshinsky, Michael Murphy, Eric Plotz, Sandeep Prakadan, Anthony Pullano, Timothy Riordan, Nicholas Ruble, Thomas Schafer, Jacob Schmidt, Seth Sevenich, Michael Sheehan, Brian Simon, Zachary Siwiec, Gunnar Stanke, Joseph Talbot, Jacob Thompson, Benjamen Totman, Chris Voirin, Matthew Walz, Steven Weltzer, James Wheeler, John White, Zachary Wulbert, Ethan Young, and Kurt Zepeda. 

Rankings are based on a combination of ACT and/or SAT test score results and class rank in the top 10 percent of the State's graduating seniors at the end of the junior year of high school - unless the students achieved a score at or above the 95th percentile for Illinois students on one of the standardized tests. 

Student Athletes Sign National letters of Intent

Five Marmion Academy student athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent to play for some of the best college programs in the country. (pictured above, left to right)
Jack Fergus (swimming) - Wright State
Anthony Bosco (wrestling) - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Johnny Jimenez (wrestling) - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Alex Troop (baseball) - Michigan State
Andy Matthews (lacrosse) - Missouri Valley College

Dr. Holinger Awarded in Illinois Emerging Writer Competition
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that Dr. Richard Holinger, Marmion Academy English teacher and published author, is one of this year’s winners of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award in the ninth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.  

Holinger won third place for his poem “Seems the Whole World’s Staring In: A Tryptich.” Holinger read his poem and received his award from Secretary White and Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, who succeeded Gwendolyn Brooks in that position, at a ceremony on November 19, 2013 at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. Read more ...

Abbot Vincent Receives Distinguished Service Award
Abbot Vincent Bataille, OSB  of Marmion Abbey & Academy was named the recipient of Marmion Academy’s Fr. Alcuin Deck Distinguished Service Award for the first semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.  This award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contribution and faithful service to Marmion Academy and in gratitude for exemplifying a spirit of charity and dedication as a member of the Marmion faculty and staff. Abbot Vincent’s record of service to the Academy is lengthy and distinguished and well deserving of this award. Read more ....

Marmion's Chorus to Perform at The Moving Wall Veterans Service
The Marmion Men’s Chorus will be featured at a nondenominational religious service honoring the veterans who gave their lives for freedom. The service will take place at The Moving Wall Vietnam Veteran Memorial located on the practice soccer fields at West Aurora High School (1201 W. New York St.) on Sunday, November 10 at 10am. Read more ...

Five Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Five Marmion Academy seniors have been honored with Commended status in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Daniel W. Creighton, Garrett J. Fisher, Thomas B. Schafer, Joseph R. Talbot, and Matthew C. Walz placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Top Cadets Receive Military Promotions

Marmion Academy’s JROTC program honored 40 cadets with military promotions at the annual Sabre Ceremony on Friday, September 6, 2013.  These senior cadets were presented with a sabre (officers) or a sword (sergeants) by their parents, as they were promoted to the highest ranks in available in the JROTC program.  The following are Marmion’s JROTC student leaders for the 2013-14 school year. Read more ...

Academic Angling proves the best of sports to coach
A Kane County Chronicle article by Dr. Holinger

MA/RHS Band and Drill Team to Perform in Aurora

The Marmion-Rosary Band and Marmion Drill Team will be performing together for the Fiestas Patrias Aurora Parade on Sunday, September 15th.  The parade step off is at 11:00 a.m. and will wind through downtown Aurora. Fiestas Patrias Aurora brings sound, culture, and taste of Mexico in a two day festival of September 14th and 15th.  It celebrates a series of Mexican holidays including Mexico’s Independence, the anniversary of the revolution, the anniversary of the constitution, and commemorates the Mexican Workers Union. Fiestas Patrias Aurora is also the independence celebration for Chile, Peru and Guatemala. Come and enjoy this wonderful celebration! The Marmion Drill Team is under the leadership of Sergeant Major John Gissel. The Marmion-Rosary Band is under the direction of Stephen Thurlow.

Help Support MARMATHON 2013!
We need your help to make MARMATHON 2013 a success! MARMATHON is a student led fundraiser to help offset the 20% gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each Cadet. More importantly it is away for the entire school to have some fun and potentially win a day off from school. The MARMATHON event will take place during Homecoming Week on Friday, September 27.  Students will be treated to a picnic lunch and will run the Marmion Abbey corn maze, the largest in Kane County. By Sponsoring a Cadet at the $25 level, you will be entered to win a set of 4 tickets to the Chicago Bears vs New York Giants game (valued at $1,200)! Sponsor a Cadet today!

SPC for Business and Government formed by Marmion with Business Only Broadband and Lemko Corp
Marmion Academy announces the formation of the SPC (Simulation Prototyping Consortium for Business and Government) in partnership with Business Only Broadband and Lemko Corporation. The SPC Consortium will accelerate the benefits of modern day Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Schools and serve the needs of 21st century education by opening a cutting edge M2C Computational Science Living-Lab on their 325 acre campus in Aurora, IL. The Living-Lab will be supported through Marmion's Computational STEM Education and Training (CSET) Center and its newly formed C/PARC Engineering Center. Read more ...

BIG TICKET Raffle Winners Announced
Congratulations to Tom Barry, our $25,000 BIG TICKET Raffle winner! Tom will receive an additional $2500 as the seller of the winning BIG TICKET. Click here for a complete list of the 2013 BIG TICKET Raffle winners and sellers.

Marmion Students Spend a Week of Service at Nazareth Farm
Ten Marmion students along with 3 adults joined other students and adults for a week of service at Nazareth Farm from June 2-8. Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-retreat experience. They are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. They serve alongside their neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. They celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between our volunteers and the local community. Read more ...

Marmion Graduates Earn Over $13 Million in Scholarships

Marmion Academy in Aurora graduated the 109 members of the Class of 2013 on May 26. Class Valedictorian Samuel Eallonardo, Salutatorian Matthew Switzer, Student Council President Jackson Rettig, Baccalaureate Mass Speaker Brett Koskinen, Exemplar Ducis (Ideal Leader) Peter Shares and guest speaker Dr. James P. Loftus ’76, president of Cardinal Stritch University, addressed the graduates.  Associate Headmaster Julie Garofalo announced that 83% of the graduates were awarded scholarships and grants totaling more than $13 million. The Class of 2013 will attend 67 different universities in 20 states next year. Of the 109 graduates, 43 were National Honor Society Members, 35 were Illinois State Scholars, 22 will play a sport at the university of their choice, 6 received Military Academy nominations, 3 were Advanced Placement Scholars, 2 were Advanced Placement Scholars with Honors, 2 were National Merit Commended Students, 1 was National Merit Finalist and 1 will be entering directly into the US Marines. Read more ...

Eight Seniors Receive the St. Timothy Youth Award
Marmion Academy is pleased to announce that the following members of the Class of 2013 have received the St. Timothy Youth Award: Nathan Colwell, Marc Derrico, Alex Lopez, John Pacer, John Peters, Jackson Rettig, Zach Sagstetter, and Sam Thill. The St. Timothy Youth Award is a national recognition award given to youth by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in collaboration with the Diocese of Rockford Catholic Education Office. Read more ...

Grahovec, Maryanski and Ruddy Finish in Top Ten at IHSA State Track & Field
Congratulations to senior Jake Ruddy and juniors Kevin Grahovec and Tyler Maryanski their outstanding finish at the IHSA Boys Track & Field State Finals on Saturday, May 25.
  • Jake Ruddy finished 9th in the long jump with a 22' 4 3/4" jump
  • Kevin Grahovec finished 4th in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:54.77
  • Tyler Maryanski tied for 10th in the high jump with a 6' 4" jump

Announcing the 2013 Senior Send Off Golf Outing
The Sports Boosters is sponsoring the 4th Annual Senior Send Off slated for June 21st with a noon shotgun start at Tanna Farms. Cost is $500 per foursome (or $140 for individual golfers) and includes green and cart fees, and a pig roast dinner after the round. While the outing is designed for graduating seniors and their dads, it is open to all Marmion Family and Friends. Gather up a foursome and come out to have some great fun, great food, and great times with friends and family. Foursomes are now available to reserve. Please send an email to Jim Faunce or Mike Eberth with your intent to play and number of players.

JROTC Academic Team Set to Recapture National Title

After advancing through two phases of competition, Marmion Academy’s JROTC Academic Team will compete in the final Championship round of The College Options Foundation’s 2013 JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C., on the campus of George Mason University, June 21 – 25, 2013.  The 2013 JROTC Academic team is comprised of juniors Daniel Creighton of Geneva, Eric Lifka of Aurora, Brian Simon of LaGrange and Zachary Wulbert of Batavia along with sophomores Joseph Dutton of Aurora, Thomas Sieben of Aurora and Robert Stephens of Bartlett. Read more ...

Leadership Programs Award Top Honors
Marmion Academy’s leadership programs announced their new student leaders for the 2013-14 school year during awards ceremonies on May 10.  Top students from each program were also recognized for their outstanding work throughout this school year. Read more ...
Junior Daniel Creighton announced as new JROTC Battalion Commander
Junior Nicholas Ruble named 2013-14 LEAD Executive Student Director

Marmion Math Team Places Fourth in State

The Marmion Math Team finished fourth out of 61 teams in Division 2A at the ICTM State Math Finals on Saturday, May 4 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The team placed in the top 10 in the state in 13 out of 14 possible events. In addition, every student on the team medaled in at least one event, with most winning a maximum of 3 medals out of 3 events.  Overall, the Marmion Math Team took home 62 state medals. Read more ...

Abbot Announces New Organizational Structure

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
In early 2012, upon Headmaster, Dr. James Quaid’s recommendation, he and I discussed the need to make some revisions to the organizational structure of Marmion Academy in order to strengthen the mission of the Academy, clarify duties and help the institution run more effectively.  In early 2013, the Board of Trustees Long-Range Planning Committee, chaired by Board Chairman, Greg McKnight,  took up this same issue and has made a formal recommendation to me, as President of Marmion Academy, to make specific revisions to the organizational structure of Marmion Academy.  After consultation with the Board of Trustee Long Range Planning Committee, with the Abbey Council, with Dr. Quaid and with Mr. Anthony Tinerella, I have approved their recommendation, effective July 1, 2013. Read more ...

Enjoy Art, Theater and Music at the 2013 Fine Arts Forum
The Marmion Fine Arts Department will present their 2013 Fine Arts Forum on Thursday, May 16th. There will be a visual art display of Studio, Digital Design, and Art Appreciation prints from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. featuring the work of the Marmion Art department under the direction of Lisa Dzuricsko and Jean McLean. At 7:00 p.m. students  of Kristin Voris will present a one act theatrical production. At 7:30 p.m. the Marmion-Rosary Band, Marmion-Rosary Jazz Ensemble, the Marmion Men’s Chorus, the Marmion-Rosary Color Guard, and selected ensembles will perform their spring concert. Read more ...

Class of 2013 Graduation Signs
Graduation lawn signs for the Class of 2013 are available for pick up in the Development Office. Signs will also be distributed at the Mothers' Club Luncheon on Friday, May 10.

Marmion-Rosary Band Receives Record 48 Gold State Medals
The Marmion-Rosary Band, directed by Stephen Thurlow and assisted by Matt Kokes, competed in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo and Ensemble Contest at the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee on Saturday April 27, 2013.  Only students that had received Star performances in the Class A competition at the district level were invited to compete in this festival. The Marmion-Rosary Band received 48 State Gold and 15 State Silver medals. Read more ...

Grandparents Day - April 26

Campus Closing at 1:25 PM TODAY, 4/18
Due to predicted weather conditions Marmion's campus will close at 1:25 today. 7th & 8th period classes have been canceled along with all practices/games. Drivers Ed has also been canceled. As of now, there WILL be dress rehearsal for the play at 4 pm - if anything changes, participants will be notified by 3 pm.

Stephen Thurlow Awarded Marmion's Distinguished Service Award

Stephen Thurlow, Marmion Academy’s Fine Arts Chairman and Band Director,  was presented with the Fr. Alcuin Deck Distinguished Service Award for the second semester of the 2012-2013 academic year on Tuesday, April 16.  This award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contribution and faithful service to Marmion Academy and in gratitude for exemplifying a spirit of charity and dedication as a member of the Marmion faculty and staff. Read more ...

Marmion Appoints New Headmaster
Abbot John Brahill OSB, President of Marmion Academy in Aurora announced that Anthony Tinerella, a 1984 Marmion graduate, will take over as the next Headmaster at the Catholic, Benedictine high school effective July 1. Tinerella will fill the position currently held by Dr. James Quaid, who has accepted the position of principal at Gordon Tech College Prep on Chicago’s north side. Tinerella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in Education and Administration from North Central College.

 “I am confident that Mr. Tinerella will continue and build upon the work that Dr. Quaid has done during these past two years in order to strengthen the educational mission of Marmion Academy in the coming years,”  said Abbot John Brahill. Read more ...

Marmion presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Marmion Academy will present its spring musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 pm in the Academy's Alumni Hall. Reserved seating tickets are $10, limited seating will be available at the door. Tickets can be purchase online or by calling Maria Thornton at 630-966-7644. Read more ...

Marmion-Rosary Band Earns 102 Medals in WSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest

The Marmion-Rosary Band competed in the North Shore District Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Solo and Ensemble contest on March 16. The musicians earned a total of 83 first division gold medals (69 Class A, 11 Class B and 3 Class C) and 19 silver medals. Fifty-five of these students will compete in the State Solo and Ensemble contest on April 27 at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. These state-bound students performed literature from the most difficult list (class A) and received a “star first rating”. Read more ...

Abbey Church - Holy Week & Easter Liturgies

Schroeder Snipers Rifle Team Takes 3rd in State
Marmion Academy’s Schroeder Snipers Rifle Team competed in the Illinois High School Rifle League State Championship on March 2. They competed in Precision Air Rifle and Sporter Air Rifle classes and each team took 3rd place in their respective classes. Read more...

Entire Math Team Qualifies for State
The Marmion Math Team finished in 2nd place in the ICTM Regional Competition on Feb. 23, losing only to 5-time state champion University of Chicago Lab School.  Marmion placed ahead of Montini, St. Francis, Lisle, and Nazareth.  Marmion Academy is currently ranked #4 in the state in Division 2A.  This gives the Cadets their 7th consecutive berth as a whole-team qualifier in the ICTM State Finals on Saturday, May 4 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more ....

Bill Johnson Awarded by Joliet Catholic Diocese
Bill Johnson, Director of Campus Ministry, Theology teacher and 1964 Marmion graduate, received the Pier Giorgio Frassati Achievement Award from the Catholic Diocese of Joliet. This award is in recognition for special achievement demonstrated through extraordinary work in the field of Youth Ministry. The award was presented to Johnson by Joliet Diocese Bishop R. Daniel Conlon at the 4th Annual Ministry Appreciation Banquet on January 31. Read more ...

Eallonardo Named National Merit Finalist
Marmion Academy is proud to announce that senior, Samuel Eallonardo, son of Damian and Christine Eallonardo of Yorkville, has been named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Eallonardo is one of 15,000 high school senior Finalists across the United States in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Read more ...

IAEA Traveling Student Show at marmion
The IAEA Student Show, which includes a self-portrait by Marmion alumnus Daniel Klug ’12,  will be on display in the Dr. Scholl Exhibit Mezzanine throughout the month of January. The show is open to the public from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm on school days. A reception, also open to the public, will be held on Sunday, January 27 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Read more ...

LIVE broadcast of Marmion / ACC tonight

(1/11/13) The Marmion Broadcasting Club has finally secured an Internet Air Card that will give them the capability to broadcast tonight's game live from Aurora Central Catholic H.S. Both the sophomore and varsity games will be broadcasted, 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively. If you don't have a ticket for tonight's game, the Marmion Broadcasting Club hopes you'll follow the action with them onlineRead more ...

Marmion to Hold Open Auditions for Kids Grades 2-8
Marmion Academy will host open auditions for boys and girls in grades 2-8 who would like to be a part of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Auditons will be Wednesday, January 16 beginning at 5 pm in room 115 at Marmion Academy located at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. The show will run the weekend of April 19. Children are asked to prepare a selection from “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do.” Interested individuals should have their parents/guardians contact Kristin Voris at for a copy of the informational packet.

Student Artists Participate in City Exhibit
Marmion Academy student artists will have their work on display at the Winter Garden of Youth Art, an annual exhibition of works of art by Aurora students from K-12. The artwork of Andrew Grahovec ’14, Brandon Rockwood ’14, Chris Unruh ’14, Finn Gleason ’14 and Joe Fahey ’13 will be on display at the Aurora Public Art Commission’s 3rd floor gallery at 20 E. Downer Place from Dec. 14 – Jan. 25. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5-7pm.

Youth Baseball Boot Camp
Marmion’s head baseball coach, Dave Rakow, along with the Marmion coaching staff and varsity baseball players will be hosting a youth preseason baseball boot camp from Jan. 3 – 5, 2013 at Marmion Academy (1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora). Boys ages 10-14 are encouraged to kick start their 2013 season with a preseason camp that will teach the skills, drills and workout plan necessary to improve game play. Read more ...

Complete Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets Provided to Local Families

Marmion Academy’s JROTC Adventure Platoon provided twenty Kane and Kendall County families with the makings for a Thanksgiving feast.  On Monday, November 19 each family, selected by DayOne Network in Geneva, was presented with a frozen turkey and all of the ingredients necessary for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner as well as a $50 gift card. Read more ...

Scholarship Qualifying Entrance Exam
Marmion Academy High School is hosting its Scholarship Qualifying Entrance Exam for 8th grade boys on Saturday, December 1st beginning at 9:00 AM. In order to register for the exam, an application for admission must be filed prior to or on the day of the exam. December is the only test date for the Scholarship Qualifying exam. The exam must be taken at Marmion to qualify for a scholarship. Ten scholarships will be awarded to incoming freshmen based on academic merit of the exam.

Sherry Brown Awarded Marmion's Distinguished Service Award
Sherry Brown was named the recipient of Marmion Academy’s Fr. Alcuin Deck Distinguished Service Award for the first semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contribution and faithful service to Marmion Academy and in gratitude for exemplifying a spirit of charity and dedication as a member of the Marmion faculty and staff. Read more ...

Seniors Recognized in National Merit Program

Two Marmion Academy seniors have been honored with Commended status in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Jacob C. Gilmore and Matthew D. Switzer placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students participating.  Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Veterans’ Day Observance Ceremony
Marmion Academy will hold its annual Veterans’ Day Observance Ceremony on Friday, November 9 at 3:15 p.m. in the Alumni Hall gymnasium. The Marmion JROTC Cadet Corps will honor all veterans and especially deceased alumni veterans of war during the after school formation and parade. The public is welcome to attend.

The guest  of honor at this year’s ceremony is Fr. Paul Weberg, OSB. Fr. Paul is a monk at Marmion Abbey and a theology teacher at Marmion Academy. In addition to his roles at Marmion, Fr. Paul serves as a Military Chaplain in the Illinois Army National Guard and has been deployed to Iraq, Italy, and Botswana, as well as to many locations within the United States. 

Senior Golfer Liam Creamer Advances to State

Fall Open House

Marmion Academy is hosting its Fall Open House for 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys on Sunday, November 4. There will be a brief presentation at 1:00 PM in the gymnasium after which families will have the opportunity to tour the school or visit with faculty and staff.  No registration necessary for the event. More information ...

Top Marmion Cadets Receive Military Promotions
Marmion Academy’s JROTC program honored 40 cadets with military promotions at the annual Sabre Ceremony on Friday, September 7, 2012.  Senior cadets were presented with a sabre (officers) or a sword (sergeants) by their parents, as they were promoted to the highest ranks in available in the JROTC program.

Run for the Pink Twilight 5k
The Marmion Academy Cadets, along with the Rosary High School Royals, are hosting a Run for the Pink Twilight 5k on Saturday, September 22. All participants that pre-register by September 15th will receive a T-shirt. Don't delay - register today!

Brock Krueger: Marmion QB Leads On the Field and Off
Read All Star Magazine's article on Brock and his efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Good Selection of Christmas Trees at Abbey Farms Despite Dry, Hot Summer
“We’re doing OK,” said Adam Voirin, director of operations at Abbey Farms. “We had enough rain in the spring where most of the trees put on a foot of growth. Customers should expect a good selection.” (Read full article)

Live Streaming of Varsity Football Game

We are pleased to announce that the Marmion varsity football game Friday, August 24th at 7:30 against Jacobs is being broadcast LIVE on  If you are unable to attend in person, go to to watch what the game. This broadcast will be streamed live on the Internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid Devices. A rebroadcast and highlight clips of the game will be available so you can relive the exciting moments of the contest. Go Cadets!!!

An Update from Fr. Paul

Volunteers Needed for Crayons for Kids
Crayons for Kids is an organization that annually collects and delivers school supply donations to local schools in need. In order for this program to be successful, we need many adult volunteers in addition to student volunteers. More information ....

Bryce Emory (MA '09) rolls to Aurora City Championship title
2009 Marmion graduate and NIU golfer Bryce Emory coasted to his first Aurora City Championship on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Taking third place was another Marmion graduate, Alex Kline-Wedeen ('06). Read more......
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