Raise the Rafters

A campaign for the home and hearth of St. Martin’s Academy.

Campaign Overview

St. Martin’s Academy places boys in an environment abounding with space to grow in authentically masculine ways and provides an education for the whole person: body, mind, and soul. In order for St. Martin’s to build a beautiful, sustainable home, capable of supporting this mission, we are raising $2 million for our Raise the Rafters campaign. These funds will provide for the needs of the school during its formative years, as we complete construction of our main dining hall, bunkhouses, an academic building, an amphitheater, and most importantly, our chapel.

Campus Development Timeline

From an untamed brushy hillside surrounded by mixed prairies and woodlands to its eventual transformation into a mature campus of sturdy buildings, fruitful farmland, and a magnificent chapel, St. Martin’s Academy is building a lasting home where generations of students can experience the profound difference of an education rooted in reality.


Theotokos Hall

The construction of Theotokos Hall is well underway and will be completed by September 1, 2019. Theotokos Hall, our largest planned building, is sustainably constructed of native oak timbers and stone. Theotokos will serve the school’s various needs while the campus is under construction, before becoming the permanent dining hall and hearth.



Five Bunkhouses

As our student body grows to 60 at capacity, we will complete construction of 5 bunkhouses, each housing 12 young men. The bunkhouses will be spartan in nature but will include basic amenities such as running water and electricity. St. Martin’s students will aid in the construction of the bunkhouses and assume responsibility for their care and maintenance upon completion.




As our school and campus matures, we’ll add a beautiful academic building, with classrooms, faculty offices, and a robust library. An amphitheater for plays, concerts, and talent shows will nestle into the hillside.




The crown jewel of our campus will be our chapel, built of native stone and situated on the highest point of campus. From Morning Prayer and Holy Mass to the recitation of the Rosary and the chanting of Compline, life will radiate outward from the Blessed Sacrament, endowing everything we do at St. Martin’s with purpose and eternal significance.


Ways to Support Us

St. Martin’s Academy is building a beautiful, sustainable home that will form influential leaders by nurturing authentic masculinity, healing the imagination, awakening wonder, and developing attentiveness to reality. We invite you to prayerfully consider joining us, by contributing to our Raise the Rafters campaign with a one time or recurring donation, a monthly, quarterly, or annual pledge, or by sponsoring a student’s tuition.

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Why St. Martin’s Academy is Different

A far cry from the typical school environment, St. Martin’s Academy gives young men proximity to creation and its maker, relief from the sedation and constant noise of screens, as well as meaningful challenges, discipline, and responsibility. In this environment of farm work, study and prayer, boys find the rich and fertile soil they need to grow into holy men.

17 Students from 10 Different States

Student to Faculty Ratio


Average Private School


St. Martin's Academy



Average Boarding School


St. Martin's Academy

Screen Time (Hours Per Week)


Average Teenager


SMA Student

63 hours is 3,780 minutes

Let's take a look at how those minutes breakdown in an average week at St. Martin's.

820 Minutes
Average Teenager: Screen Time
SMA Student: Attending Mass, reciting Lauds, praying the Rosary, chanting Compline, learning Gregorian Chant
590 Minutes
Average Teenager: Screen Time
SMA Student: Milking cows, chopping wood, butchering chickens, other farm chores
970 Minutes
Average Teenager: Screen Time
SMA Student: Practicing Rugby, running a woodland obstacle course, practicing bushcraft, fishing, camping, kayaking, sailing and other unscripted, creative free-time
610 Minutes
Average Teenager: Screen Time
790 Minutes
Average Teenager: Screen Time
SMA Student: Eating meals together, doing the dishes, scrubbing a toilet, raking leaves or shoveling snow for neighbors in need
“St. Francis of Assisi lamented that Love was not loved. Not so at St. Martin’s Academy. Whether in their prayers, studies, work or play, our boys daily taste something of the goodness of the One whose “Love moves the sun and other stars.” The results are an unmistakably pure joie de vivre and hearts that are clearly growing in their capacity to love.”
Bryan & Monica Meyers
Parents of Israel ('21) & David ('22)

Advisory Board

Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society, and publisher of its flagship publication, GILBERT. Dale is also the creator and host of the popular EWTN series The Apostle of Common Sense, and he is the author of three books on Chesterton including G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton and The Complete Thinker.

Francis Bethel, O.S.B. attended the University of Kansas where he studied under John Senior, Dennis Quinn, and Frank Nelick. In 1975, he entered the French Benedictine Abbey Notre Dame de Fontgombault, where he made his vows as a Benedictine monk in 1977 and was ordained a priest in 1983. In 1999 he returned to the United States and was among the founders of the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady of Clear Creek in Hulbert, Oklahoma. Fr. Bethel serves as Prior of that Abbey, as well as the Master of Novices and the Master of Oblates.

Christopher Check is president of Catholic Answers. A graduate of Rice University, for nearly two decades he served as vice president of The Rockford Institute. Before that he served for seven years as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps, attaining the grade of captain. He lectures on Church and military history.

Fr. Paul N. Check graduated from Rice University, TX with a BA in history, and then served as an officer in the US Marine Corps for nine years prior to entering the seminary. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT in 1997. He holds an STB from the Gregorian University and an STL from the University of the Holy Cross, both in Rome. In 2008, he was selected to succeed Fr John Harvey as the Executive Director of Courage International.

Bishop Conley studied in the University of Kansas’s Integrated Humanities Program under John Senior, Dennis Quinn, and Frank Nelick. In 1980, Bishop Conley entered seminary for the Diocese of Wichita, and was ordained a priest on May 18, 1985. After serving the Church in many different roles, Conley was appointed as Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska by Pope Benedict XVI, and he was installed as the ninth Bishop of Lincoln on November 20, 2012.

Dr. John Cuddeback received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1997. He writes and lectures on various topics including virtue, culture, natural law, contemplation, and friendship. His book, True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness, was republished in 2010. A Third Order lay Dominican, he currently teaches in the Philosophy department at Christendom College.

Dr. Anthony Esolen is a writer, translator of classical poetry, and professor of English Renaissance and classical literature. He has taught at Furman University and Providence College, and joined the faculty of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts as a professor in 2017. Esolen has translated into English Dante’s Divine Comedy, Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered.

Dr. William Edmund Fahey is the third president of Thomas More College in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He holds an A.B. in Classics and History from Xavier University in Cincinnati; an M.Phil. in Ancient History from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland); and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from the Catholic University of America. Dr. Fahey has been published in both scholarly and popular journals, and is a Benedictine Oblate of Clear Creek Abbey.

Bishop Kemme was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1986, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois. After serving the Church in a variety of roles, he was appointed vicar general/moderator of the curia in 2002, and served as diocesan chancellor from January to June 2005. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed Kemme to be the eleventh bishop of Wichita, and he was consecrated by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas on May 1, 2014.

Dr. Whalen obtained his Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas where he studied in the Integrated Humanities Program under John Senior, Dennis Quinn, and Frank Nelick. He taught at the University of Kansas and Belmont Abbey College before joining the faculty at Hillsdale College in 1994, where he now serves as Provost. Dr. Whalen is the author of The Consolation of Rhetoric, and has published articles on Renaissance poetry, non-fiction prose, and the history and philosophy of liberal arts education.

David Williams is a founder and Board Chairman of Valor Public Schools. A graduate of Fairfield University, he holds Masters degrees in History, Liberal Arts, and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, St. John’s College, and the John Paul II Pontifical Institute. Prior to starting Valor Public Schools, David served as Executive Director of Great Hearts in San Antonio for three years, and as the Founder and Headmaster of Glendale Preparatory Academy for five.

“John Senior wrote: 'A high school’s work is not to make boys into special kinds of men, but realize the rich potential of their age, which is to know and love the maker and the things He made, with all their mind, heart, strength as souls as boys.' Boys at St. Martin's are experiencing the beauty of courtesy, generosity, loyalty, courage, friendship. Grace builds on nature, and such education gives grace something very good to work with. Whatever happens as these boys go out into the adventure of life, they will have tasted deep truth and goodness that they cannot forget.”
Fr. Bethel, O. S. B.

The Friends of the Holy Cloak

We invite you to consider joining The Friends of the Holy Cloak, a special society open to anyone who has given at least $1,000 during the previous or current calendar year. Within the society there are four membership levels, each corresponding to a period in the life of St. Martin of Tours:

SOLDIER $1,000–$4,999

  • Enrollment in a monthly mass offered for St. Martin’s Academy benefactors
  • Receipt of exclusive quarterly newsletter for donor club members
  • St. Martin’s Academy hat and sweatshirt
  • Invitation to faculty lectures and other St. Martin’s Academy special events

MONK $5,000–$9,999

  • All of SOLDIER plus:
  • Set of two St. Martin’s Academy ceramic mugs
  • Annual Report recognition (if desired)
  • Invitation to annual Benefactor’s Feast directed by students and faculty

BISHOP $10,000–$24,999

  • All of SOLDIER and MONK plus:
  • Two complimentary VIP tickets to The Prairie Troubadour
  • Blessed icon of St. Martin of Tours

SAINT $25,000 and higher

  • All of SOLDIER, MONK, and BISHOP plus:
  • Name on prominently displayed plaque in Theotokos Hall (to be moved to the Chapel upon completion) and to be included in student’s nightly intentions during the recitation of Compline.

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