PETOSKEY – March 15, 2022 – St. Michael High School (SMHS), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, is pleased to announce the kick-off event of its 2022 Speaker Series: an evening with Catholic author, speaker, and priest, Fr. Dwight Longenecker!

Fr. Longenecker will present “Classical Education in an Atheistic Age” – Thursday, March 17, at 6:30pm at the schoolhouse.

This event is free and open to the public.  Freewill offerings to the school are always appreciated.

Raised as an Evangelical Christian in Pennsylvania, Fr. Longenecker graduated from Bob Jones University, then went on to study theology at Oxford University, and was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest.  Realizing that the Anglican Church and he were on divergent paths, he and his family were received into the Catholic Church in 1995, becoming an ordained Catholic priest a decade later.

Fr. Longenecker is a prolific writer, with more than twenty books to his credit including his latest, “Beheading Hydra – A Radical Plan for Christians in an Atheistic Age”.  He is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative and is regularly featured in several other magazines, papers, and journals.  He serves as Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Learn more about Fr. Longenecker and his work on his website at…

To RSVP or for more information regarding this event – or the next two installments of the St. Michael Speaker Series, featuring Joseph Pearce and Anthony Esolen, respectively – please visit…  Please also feel free to call the SMHS office at 231-489-3302.

SMHS is located at 2225 Summit Park Drive, near the corner of Mitchell & Division, just east of Petoskey.

St. Michael High School is High School with a Higher Purpose and a proud member of the Chesterton Schools Network, the largest and fastest-growing network of its kind in the country.  SMHS welcomes all families who seek a better education and faith formation for their students and offers tuition assistance to qualifying families.

Established in 2013, the St. Michael mission is to nurture and elevate a new generation of joyful leaders educated in the Classical tradition and the truth of the Catholic faith.  For information on SMHS, visit the school website at or contact Headmaster Dr. Richard Brake at

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