August 28th, 2014
First off, I want to express how humbled and grateful I am to be a part of this school community. I received many thoughtful emails, letters, and phone calls over the past two weeks. I apologize as I was not able to respond to each and every message. I do want you all to know that I am thankful for your support and generosity.
Last night's Ice Cream Social was a very spirited and positive event. We saw familiar and new faces together. Again, I received more messages, and all we can do is reciprocate our gratitude towards all of the families.
Each new school year brings mixed emotions. I know the entire school community is poised to begin anew. We've been talking to the faculty and staff this week about reflection. We are certainly called to action, but if we fail to reflect on the reasons for all the good efforts we embark upon, then we ultimately lose a sense of purpose and direction. I just want to reiterate to you that, although there are obvious changes ongoing as we speak, the mission of the school cannot and will never change. We are all here to be instruments of grace, and our essential task is to support the continued growth of our Lord's kingdom. We are all saint-makers.
As you will see below, there are more changes to come. Throughout this transitional period, Bill Mealey will remain on campus as the Interim Headmaster. Bill and I have a great working relationship. He has been my mentor and friend since I started at Mount Royal Academy.
I do owe another mentor a word of gratitude as well. I am stating the obvious when I say that Dave Thibault and I are very close. He gave me a lot of responsibility at a very young age. He trusted me in ways that I can never repay him for, and I would be remiss if I didn't share that with the school community. I want to sincerely thank him for all his confidence in me.
Again, thank you all very much. We'll give the school year to the Blessed Virgin Mary and her chaste spouse St. Joseph. May their intercession bring the whole community peace and joy as we continue to evangelize out of love for their kingly Son, Jesus Our Lord.
Yours Truly In Christ,