Greetings Academy Families and Friends,
Greetings Academy families and friends,
Lent is a perfect time for all of us to reflect on and build our relationship with God. It is a period of time that coincides with the coming of Spring-we can see and experience the hope present in new life.
Greetings Academy families and friends,
As I write this note I am clinging to the final vestiges of the Christmas season about to conclude…upon my table is a poinsettia that has clearly seen better days and a group of Christmas cards that wished all of us at the Academy a blessed Christmas and wonderful new year. The greeting in one card was in fact a prayer… a prayer that resonated with me and I that I believe we share as a Sacred Heart family it offered:
Every once in a while I receive a marvelous email offering the Academy a “treasure.” These treasures come in many different forms—the one I write about today was an inquiry as to whether the Academy would be able to use a very large conference table. My response was a pretty near immediate “YES! Thank you.” Now the only challenge was to get it up to the Theology classroom in Regis Hall!
I hope you have had a summer break that offered moments of true joy, time for restorative rest and opportunity to connect with the Spirit dwelling within. Each of these will fuel you on the next leg of our journey together.
I have given much throughout this summer about that journey–our shared journey. I will admit to having a NASA geek side that comes out periodically–and well let me say, the NASA freak flag was out of my storage unit and flying well above the hedge this entire summer as the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing was recounted and celebrated.
There is a shared sentiment of disbelief around town and around campus as the question of “Where did the summer go?” is pondered. While it may have passed quickly, I hope that the summer break offered moments of true joy, time for restorative rest and opportunity to connect with the Spirit dwelling within. Each of these will fuel us on the next leg of our shared journey.
Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart! On this day, around the globe, Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) renew their religious vows while educators of the Sacred Heart reaffirm their commitment to educate to the values articulated in the Goals and Criteria. Today is a day for all of us connected to the mission and vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie to pause in gratitude for the love poured out to us through the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Today Mrs. Renken and I had the opportunity to conduct an ‘exit’ interview with the members of the Eighth Class. These students, soon to be our newest alumni, offered rich reflections on their Academy experiences. They shared observations that included what they most valued about their time here as well as valuable insight into areas and opportunities for our growth and enrichment.
What a wonderful event we shared on Saturday evening. A huge debt of gratitude is extended to Chemin de Fer Chairs Heather and Jeff Locker and Co-Chairs Kim and Steve Willbrand for all the thought, effort, time, treasure and talent that they shared in support of this major fundraiser. I am so very appreciative of all those who chaired the committees and worked on everything from decorations to packaging silent auction items. The event would never have been the success it was without the help and support of many in our parent community, as well as Academy staff members: Anna Godfrey ’07, Special Events Coordinator, Mary Maher, Development Director and Lindsay McCullough, Director of Marketing & Communications. Thank you all so very much!
This weekend we celebrate a very special moment in the lives of our Second Class students—First Communion. Please join me in praying for these young members of this community of Christ’s heart and for their parents as they continue to live out the promises they made at the time of their child’s baptism. Blessings to all!