Our Mission Statement

Cathedral of the Risen Christ School’s primary purpose is to assist in the formation of students who will ultimately possess strong religious values, academic integrity, individual responsibility, and a clear sense of citizenship. The following objectives have been defined as those being most central to the ultimate realization of our goal:

  • Cathedral recognizes that parents have been entrusted by God with the responsibility of educating their children and that the school’s role is to assist parents with this task.
  • Students should be assisted at every step along the path to their ultimate goal which is salvation of their immortal souls and knowledge of their responsibility to God.
  • Cathedral of the Risen Christ must prepare students through sound instruction for future education or employment. This is best accomplished through an atmosphere that stresses the following:
    • Respect for and recognition of the dignity of all human beings
    • The importance of effective and logical communication
    • An appreciation for our nation’s laws and political processes
    • Academic excellence by utilizing a rigorous and challenging curriculum
    • Ability in the area of problem-solving, especially those requiring sound Catholic principles
    • Adequate competence in defending the faith

Please feel welcome to look at our current annual School Improvement Plan.

Non-discrimination Policy

The Cathedral of the Risen Christ School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Cathedral of the Risen Christ school logo

The Cathedral of the Risen Christ logo is comprised of five shapes, representing the five wounds of Christ. Inside of the rising cross resides a glowing circle: This image represents both the sun behind the cross on Calvary, and most prominently the shape of the Eucharist, making this image a sort of monstrance. The stem of the cross represents a nail, and the contrasting fonts represent both the tradition of Cathedral of the Risen Christ, as well as our forward-looking approach.

A Foundation of Faith

Cathedral of the Risen Christ School prides itself on a continued legacy as a model of Faith. Children are prepared for the Sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation, while also receiving instruction for a life filled with Faith and service to the Catholic Church. Cathedral also hosts a CCD program, and the church is active in RCIA as well as a plethora of Faith-based organizations.

Nearly all Cathedral students enroll at St. Pius X High School after graduation, where they continue to make us proud after a PK through 8th career immersed in:

  • Daily Mass
  • Weekly Adoration
  • Daily Rosary, Angelus and/or Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • Monthly scheduled Confession
  • Monthly scheduled Exposition and Benediction
  • Friday Stations of the Cross during Lent
  • The 6th Grade Daughters of Mary program
  • The Junior High Abbey and Advocates program. Contact Mrs. Wiebusch for more information
  • The Junior High Cadets and Soldiers of Sebastian program. Contact Mr. Ekeler for more information

History of Cathedral

In August 1953, 104 students formed the first classes at the Holy Family School. With no specific school building, they met at the Saint Thomas Orphanage for the first year. The original school building was built in September, 1954. The student body almost doubled to 205 children in grades K-8 who studied with the Benedictine Sisters from Yankton, SD.

When the Cathedral was built in 1965, Holy Family School became Cathedral of the Risen Christ School. Since this time the school has increased in size twice by additional construction. Today's student body has doubled again to 350 students in grades PK through 8th.

Liturgy plays a central role for each student and staff members at Cathedral. Daily attendance at Mass, with students participating in preparation, reading, petitions, and offertory places the Mass in first priority. Students and staff also have monthly Confession, Exposition and Benediction services scheduled. Core subjects of religion, math, science, social studies, reading, and literature are taught on a daily basis, with new, updated materials always available.

Cathedral's mascot is the Eagle, and the building supports multiple clubs and organizations while also funding athletics for girls and boys.

Cathedral school has initiated other programs to provide services to the community. A preschool program began in 1991 to provide classes for children from ages three through five. In 1992, the Extended Daycare Program was opened. This program provides before and after school care for students attending Cathedral. In 1996, the Cathedral Holy Family Care Center was created. This center provides year-round, all-day care for children from ages 3 years through sixth grade. All three of these programs are housed in the Holy Family Child Care Center.

Today Cathedral is one of the most where it is used to promote children's work and the school's story (@CathedralEagles and Facebook). Read Cathedral's Social Media Mission Statement.

The school also has a fully stocked library and media center, computer lab, and is on the cutting edge of internet safety through its work with the diocesan's connection to Covenant Eyes. Cathedral boasts one device per 5 students, which are used for students to collaborate and create.