Dear St. Francis Family,
As I was getting ready to take a few days off, I thought about how quickly the summer has gone – my time to welcome students and their families back to St. Francis is just around the corner! I hope you and your family have enjoyed time together this summer. These are the treasured memories we hold in our hearts! I can tell you we are very much looking forward to welcoming our returning students and our freshman class. We really do miss seeing our Golden Knights during the summer months – thank God for the many students on campus attending summer school!
When you return to campus, you will see that it has been a very busy summer with so many projects. We have been living on a construction site! The gym is being renovated and I believe you will be impressed. The gym is our only in-door large group gathering space for our students and parents. We have also installed a new phone system and bell system, and have installed new air conditioning units in the chapel. The walls in the chapel were all re-plastered – gratefully, the work was generously donated by one of our current families. A new rigging system will also be installed in the theater. These projects will certainly benefit our Golden Knights!
I cannot help but mention the ministry we have been called to do over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, some of these calls have been very sad and difficult for families and friends. Five funerals in two weeks: one was the loss of a father of one of our 2012 graduates. We also experienced the tragic loss of one of our graduates from the class of 2014. I cannot help but to think of them every day and of their families. Please continue to pray for our St. Francis family – in these weeks, we have seen the reality of life that hits hard and unexpectedly at times. We can always ask God for help and mercy. As a family, we must celebrate the joy in our relationships and pray for healing and peace in times of need. Believe me I am truly grateful for the joy of new life and new beginnings that are found in the baptisms, weddings, first communions, confirmations and graduations that I shared in this summer.
I am excited to welcome our students, watch the campus come alive again and see our Golden Knights begin classes and immerse themselves in activity. I look forward to seeing you on campus and sharing the joy of being part of the St. Francis family.
Let us pray for a successful and safe school year. We will continue offering the best quality education, helping our students to grow spiritually and assisting them in the formation of their character.May the Lord give you His Peace!