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Two Wings: President’s Posts

Two Wings No. 91

By March 29, 2024No Comments

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know Himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”

–St. John Paul II Preface to Fides et Ratio


Fides et Ratio Reflections


“The Church never ceases to relive His death on the Cross and His Resurrection, which constitute the content of the Church’s daily life. Indeed, it is by the command of Christ Himself, her Master, that the Church unceasingly celebrates the Eucharist, finding in it the ‘fountain of life and holiness,’ the efficacious sign of grace and reconciliation with God, and the pledge of eternal life. The Church lives His mystery, draws unwearyingly from it and continually seeks ways of bringing this mystery of her Master and Lord to humanity—to the peoples, the nations, the succeeding generations, and every individual human being—as if she were ever repeating, as the Apostle did: ‘For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.’ The Church stays within the sphere of the mystery of the Redemption, which has become the fundamental principle of her life and mission.”

–St. John Paul II’s first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis (No. 7), March 4, 1979

A blessed Triduum and Easter Octave to all who read this.




Mike Hagstrom

Mike Hagstrom was named President of St. John Paul II Catholic Schools and Director of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fargo on March 15, 2016 and assumed office on July 1, 2016. When he applied for the position, he wrote that his “approach would be that of stewardship of the great gift of Catholic Schools. With the help of God’s Grace and all our stakeholders we can be good stewards together, seeing that our schools not only merely survive, but also thrive. For they are designed for human flourishing, forming as we do the whole person, each and every student, made in God’s image and likeness, endowed with a transcendent dignity and destiny.” Prior to this role, he taught Religion and served in a number of other leadership capacities at Shanley High School for 31 years. There, he embraced St. Bede’s notion that “I have always found delight in learning, teaching, and writing.” Mike earned his B.A. in English and M.A. in Systematic Theology from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He and his wife, Shawn, have two children (Therese ’08 and Joseph ’16) and two grandchildren (James and Oliver).