Once again, our Holy Father has given us a tweet worth retweeting. If you reread the previous sentence, and cut and paste it to any of our previous 98 years at Cathedral, it would qualify as a foreign language! The idea of a Pope tweeting is brand new and exemplifies how quickly our world is changing right under our noses. However, while our current successor to Peter’s Chair gives us an example of new technology trends, he also keeps us grounded in our Faith. His first Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, is full of quotes, thoughts, and phrases to keep us with a full heart. One example is timeless and is as follows: “Jesus Christ loves you; He gave His life to save you; and now He is living at your side every day to enliven, strengthen and free you.” What a thought! As we sit in traffic on 56th Street or elsewhere, slowly losing our patience, Jesus is right there at our side to calm and comfort us. How’s that for a spiritual boost?
As October begins, we also heed Pope Francis’ words and look toward the future. In the near future, we have the opportunity to share our bold and exhilarating vision with our community at the annual Cathedral Fund Dinner on October 5. We hope to see you all there.
As we move closer to our 100th birthday, I am struck by the realization of what a blessing it is for me to be here—at this magical place—during this special time. One hundred years is definitely a landmark, and to run through this landmark rather than limp says a lot about our current situation. Nearing 100, we have the following: a robust alumni base with plans to boost that base and their involvement at Cathedral; a terrific teaching staff with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds; a truly diverse student body representing more than 100 schools and 33% ethnic diversity; a solid Holy Cross foundation and educational framework that guides us each day in the Catholic traditions; a dynamic action-oriented Strategic Plan and an accompanying Centennial Campaign that, when realized, will vault us further ahead of the pack as the leading high school institution in the state, and a new Archbishop who, along with a talented Archdiocesan school staff, continues to support the overall efforts to evangelize our city with the Gospel message in our schools, churches, and communities. (I should also mention that we have a Pope who tweets and does whatever is necessary to spread the message of love to the world!) Yes, Cathedral High School has been blessed for almost 100 years, and the best is yet to come! I hope to see you at an upcoming school event, and I kindly ask you to approach me and introduce yourself, knowing that it may take six or seven times for your name to stick!
May your October, a month dedicated to Our Lady Mary, be a safe, peaceful, and productive one for you and your family. Emboldened by all of our blessings, we look confidently toward the future, full of hope.