PETOSKEY – March 22, 2022 – St. Michael High School (SMHS), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, is pleased to announce its First Annual Spring Gala, Saturday, April 23 at 5:30pm at the Grand Unity Event Center in Petoskey!

The evening will present the beauty of the faith-filled education offered at SMHS, along with the many talents of its students, and will be capped-off with a keynote address by acclaimed Catholic author Joseph Pearce, who will speak on a topic near and dear to the St. Michael community: “Classical Education and the Wisdom of G. K. Chesterton”.

The St. Michael Gala is a fundraising event designed to highlight the school’s full-integration into the Chesterton Schools Network, the fastest growing such network in the country.  Tickets are $100 per person and table sponsorships are available.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to… Tickets can also be purchased at the schoolhouse office.

Joseph Pearce is an English native and a distinguished Catholic author and speaker.  He is a regular guest on radio, television, podcasts, and webcasts, and a noted lecturer at literary events around the world.  He is the Director of Book Publishing at the Augustine Institute, a senior instructor with Homeschool Connections, and a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative and Crisis magazines.

An acclaimed biographer and literary scholar, Mr. Pearce has authored dozens of best-selling books, including The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.  His latest book is Benedict XVI: Defender of the Faith.

Learn more about Mr. Pearce and his work on his website at…

The Grand Unity Event Center is located at 1106 Charlevoix Ave (US-31), on the west side 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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