Student Profile: Charles Foyle
1. What makes your family unique to other families you know?
We pray the Divine Office and the Rosary every day, and attend Tridentine Mass on Saturday mornings.
In the fall my brother and I hunt and trap with Dad, living in a shack in the woods for weeks with no electricity or running water. At home or at camp, we consistently cook from scratch.
2. What is an average homeschooling day with Seton like for you?
An average school day begins at six or six-thirty, when we eat breakfast and say the Divine Office. Dad leaves for work and my brother and I begin school.
I like starting with my favorite subjects, like English, Religion, and History. At lunch we cook something for Dad, because he usually comes home to eat.
School finishes anywhere from 2:30 to 4:00 P.M., and I then have some free time.
3. What’s something you have done that you really enjoyed doing?
I enjoy finding things which nobody pays attention to.
One of these was finding the remains of the “Christ the King Motor Chapel,” a 1947 Chevrolet panel truck used until 1961 by Dominican priests to evangelize the sharecroppers in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. The stained-glass windows and the running-gear were gone, but the altar was still there.
I also found a Life of Pope St. Pius X from 1904 bearing an apparently authentic signature in the front, which made it a third-class relic.
It’s amazing how much is out there waiting to be discovered.
4. What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy reading, primarily history, biography, and classic fiction. G.K. Chesterton and Fulton Sheen are two of my favorites, with Shakespeare being a favorite dramatist.
If it is good, I’ll read it, and my favorites were written from the Middle Ages to the early 1900s. Music is another great interest.
I like popular music from the 1910s and ‘20s, and classical music, drawn from an eclectic collection of old records spanning 1912 to 1982.
To sum up, I like beautiful things and enjoy trying to keep them that way.
5. What are some things you do as a family and on your own that you particularly enjoy?
I enjoy family outings to the woods, and shooting clay-pigeons.
When I am with my family, I like trying to pick up some of Dad’s skills in handicrafts and sportsmanship. On my own, I usually stick to reading, listening to music, and writing.
Ever since I discovered my great-grandfather’s old dip pen, I have been hopelessly addicted to the manly art of cursive.
It’s a civilized way to write, and it looks nice.
6. What do you hope to do in the future?
My primary goal is to find the ultimate consummation of all my desires, which can only be done in Heaven.
However, the question did say future, and, as Heaven is outside of time, I had better quit playing the pocket philosopher and just admit that I’d like to become a priest in the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
I fully expect to die some time and would be quite disappointed if I did not, so, with the help of God, I want to take as many souls to Heaven with me as I can!
Other than that, I would like to try writing a novel, just for kicks.