Archive for September, 2009


Joan of Arc

September 12, 2009

In Honor of “Women of Achievement” Month…

Joan of Arc – Homeschooled Patriot & Saint

Joan of Arc (1412-1431) was a French teenager and devout Catholic who became one of the greatest military leaders of all time. Only 17 years old when she was put in command of the French army, Joan of Arc is the youngest person to ever command a national military force – a feat that is all the more remarkable considering she was a girl. When Joan entered into her mission, she went by the name Jeanne la Pucelle, or “Joan the Maid.” In French, her real name was Jeane d’Arc although she signed her name as “Jehanne.” Joan was born on January 6, 1412, in the village of Domremy to Jacques and Isabelle d’Arc. Joan had three brothers and one sister. According to contemporary accounts Joan was a dutiful, sweet-natured child. Jean Morreau, her godfather said “she was such a good girl that almost everyone in Domremy loved her.”

Joan’s father owned a large farm at the edge of the village. As the daughter of a farmer, Joan grew up herding cattle and sheep in addition to making hay and helping in the fields at harvest time. Joan was taught domestic skills such as cooking and sewing by her mother and would later say, “As for spinning and sewing, I fear no woman in Rouen.” She also said, “It was my mother alone who taught me the ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’ and the ‘Creed;’ and from none other was I taught my faith.” Joan knew her catechism and her prayers and the histories of the saints. She did not go to school and never mastered reading or writing, yet she demonstrated great knowledge and articulation when speaking.

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Ecclesia College

September 12, 2009

Ecclesia College is a four-year interdenominational Christian college located in Springdale, Arkansas, combining affordability with a quality Christian education. Ecclesia is a Greek word meaning “called out ones.” The term was used in ancient Greece to describe those who had been called out from general society to come aside and discuss the affairs of state. The word Ecclesia can also be translated as “church.” Ecclesia emphasizes a strong Biblical foundation, godly mentoring, and Christian service. The college was founded in 1975 by Oren Paris II, who is presently the College Chancellor, and he is also the father of noted recording artist Twila Paris who happens to be a homeschool mom. Ecclesia is accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education and certified by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The college also offers elective classes and extra-curricular classes for homeschoolers through Ecclesia Prep, which can enable you to earn college creditwhile you finish high school. Below is a letter from Oren Paris III, President of Ecclesia College, which is posted on the Ecclesia Prep website:

Dear Parents,

Last fall we welcomed approximately one hundred homeschoolers to the Ecclesia College campus for the first year of Ecclesia Prep. Students participated in classes ranging from Art and Choir to High School Biology. Their presence on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons was a blessing to all of us and it was a joy to see new friendships being formed. We are anticipating another wonderful year beginning in September. The application process for new families is quick and simple and you can do it on-line. Current students can go directly to the Registration page and register for the classes they would like to take in this coming school year. On the Classes page you will find that several new courses are being offered. Please make us aware of your interests and needs as we continue to plan toward future classes and activities. In addition to the High School level courses offered through Ecclesia Prep, eligible High School students are encouraged to take concurrent courses and begin earning college credit while finishing High School. The Ecclesia family honors your commitment to providing a Christ-centered education for your children and we recognize that the primary responsibility and authority belongs to you. Many of us are also experiencing the blessings of homeschooling. It is our goal and privilege to help supplement and compliment your faithful efforts. We look forward to serving you and your family.
Warm Regards,
Oren Paris III
Ecclesia College

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