Young Knights Dubbed for Service at Everest Academy

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Where can young men go to enter into knighthood and become gentlemen of service, virtue, and strength? At Everest Academy in Lemont the 'Knights of the Altar' program allows boys the opportunity to develop their self-discipline, knowledge and skills, as well as grow in their faith.

"At the root of the program is the young man's growth in virtue, respect and self-discipline," says Brother Brett Taira.

Young men at Everest Academy in Lemont were dubbed as ‘Knights of the Altar’ for their knowledge, dedication and service in assisting at worship services. Following the year long training program, additional young men were raised to the noble rank of ‘Page’ and ‘Squire.’ The ceremony took place during a Mass celebrated by Chaplain Father Matthew Kaderabek, L.C. in the school chapel April 19th.

As part of the spiritual formation at Everest, young men from grades three through eight are welcome to participate in the Knights of the Altar training program. The educational program, led by seminarians and Formation Instructors Brother Brett Taira and Brother Dustin George, helps the young men learn both the practical details of assisting the priest during worship, and also guides the young men to live the internal virtues of piety, charity, unity, obedience, and leadership. “The skills and competencies acquired during the Knights of the Altar training at the school also equip the young men to be expert altar servers at their parish,” explained Fr. Matthew Kaderabek, Everest Chaplain. “Our mission is to train these young men to be leaders to serve their parish, diocese, and community.”

The young men attend a series of training sessions over the course of the school year to become competent in using and setting up the book of daily bible readings, learning the parts of the Mass and Benediction, as well as preparing the items used such as the candles, incense, cross and cruets. They are tested both in writing and in practice in order to reach the next higher levels. “At the root of the program is the young man’s growth in virtue, respect and self-discipline,” noted Brother Brett. “The future Knights are also challenged to grow in prayer, respect for their parents and teachers, self-control, diligence in their work, sharing God’s love with their friends, defending the truths of the gospel, and being noble and pure in their thoughts, words and actions.”

In this progressive ‘Knights’ program, the boys in the first year can reach the noble rank of ‘Page.’ This year five students from third and fourth grades achieved that rank. Five students from fifth, sixth and eighth grades moved from the noble rank of 'Page' to the noble rank of ‘Squire’. The final and noble rank of “Knight” was achieved by two seventh graders and three eighth graders.

At the dubbing ceremony, a Knight’s sword is used to tap the young new knight on the shoulder as he makes his promises to love God, be loyal to his faith, love his neighbor as the scriptures require, and be faithful, joyful, and courageous in his service.

Everest Academy is an independent Roman Catholic school in Lemont educating children from preschool through eighth grade. The teachers and staff are dedicated to forming the whole child by providing the highest level of academics, by building strong character, and by preparing generous leaders ready to serve the community. If you would like to learn more about Everest Academy’s unique approach to education, please contact Coleen Mast at 630-243-1995 or visit http://www.everestadvantage.org.

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