Ascension School

Overview of Ascension School

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community and Ascension Catholic School and Parish have had a sister parish partnership for many years.  Ascension, located on the North Side of Minneapolis, serves children from the neighborhoods around the school. A vast majority of the scholars qualify for free or reduced lunch, an indicator of poverty set by the federal government. Children come to Ascension behind academically. With rigorous, data-based individualized instruction, scholars grow rapidly. Many make more than one year’s growth during a school year. Ascension scholars come to recognize themselves as beloved children of God and learn essential social/emotional skills they will use throughout their lives. They go on to get their high school diplomas and to pursue post-secondary schooling.

Holy Name of Jesus parishioners give generously of their time, talent and treasure to Ascension.

How to get involved at Ascension

  1. Pray for our scholars, staff and community.
  2. Volunteer as a tutor or in another way. Download volunteer flyer. (Opportunities are available but limited during the pandemic.)
  3. Learn how you can become a tuition partner.

For more details regarding Ascension School, visit  Volunteer inquiries are welcomed by Margaret Conroy, Ascension Catholic Academy’s volunteer manager. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit

HNOJ Volunteers at Ascension

HNOJ Volunteer

Student Interview

HNOJ Second Collection

Archived Newsletter Articles

How Do We Build A Sister Parish Relationship?, Written by Larry Deeney, February 2020 Newsletter

Sister Parishes: Growing By Sharing Gifts with Others, January 2020 Newsletter, page 8

Sister Parishes: Building on a Strong Foundation to Expand Discipleship, Written by Larry Deeney, December 2019 Newsletter, pages 6-7

Ascension Spotlight, March 2019 Newsletter

Ascension Spotlight Weekend and Second Collection, March 2018 Newsletter