Good Easter Friday morning to you! May the pure joy of the risen Christ be present with all of you. Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Saints Philip and James the Less. Philip, a simple fisherman-turned-apostle, is known for asking Jesus at the Last Supper, “Master, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus’ response had to make Philip feel sheepish. “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9). Philip was so human, wasn't he? He was one of the chosen few who spent real time in the presence of the Lord. I believe this is a powerful example for all of us in our fallen, imperfect humanity. We know, believe, and talk about the joy of Easter, yet we forget. I pray that we as a Cathedral community remember today and always that Jesus is indeed Lord. Alleluia!

The joy so present in our school community manifested itself in a new and exciting way this week. Our all-out efforts this past Tuesday for our All Out Irish Day of Giving yielded many blessings to us, specifically to our Centennial Campaign. In just 24 hours, with the assistance of an energetic social media presence, 505 members of our Cathedral family gave $108,953! I know of colleges and universities that have not reached that level. The spirit of giving is alive and well, including amongst our students. Our current students gave a total of $1,495.44. This is truly amazing! Thank you to all who supported this effort!

Additionally, we announced the largest gift in our history this week: a $2.5 million gift from the Browning family. Thank you to Michael Browning and sons Michael Browning ll ‘92 and Christian Browning ‘93 for this incredibly generous gift! With this gift and the overall success of our Centennial Campaign, we are moving forward with the final design plans for our Innovation Center.

I am equally excited to announce a new academic leadership direction we are embarking on at Cathedral. In order to lead and direct our transformation into the Catholic school of the future, as stated in our Vision Statement, we have selected a dynamic and passionate group from our own educators. This group, called the Academic Innovation Team, consists of the following: Ashley Hill, Director of Holy Cross Integration throughout the curriculum; Nick Lyons ‘04, Director of the Freshmen Experience Program we are designing; Shelbi Burnett-Smeathers, Director of STEAM Integration, which includes science, technology, engineering, art, and math (Shelbi was recently hired back after earning her Master's in STEM Innovation from Purdue University), and Lizabeth Bradshaw and Mark Matthews, Co-Directors of Arts and Humanities. This group, along with Lisa Ford, Director of our Teacher Evaluation and Support Program, Anne Katz, Director of Counseling, and Dennis Thomas, Vice Principal for Academics, will oversee and direct our overall academic program with an emphasis on collaboration and trust, and a goal of meeting the needs of our students. Our students are already 19% into the 21st century. Along with yet-to-be-named Professional Learning Community Captains and other support positions, I have tremendous faith and hope that we are in great hands. You should not fret if you fear we are losing these great teachers in the classroom. All of the new positions will continue to teach, as we feel it is important that they are able to lead by modeling in the classroom.

As is always the case in May, we are preparing to sing the Irish Blessing of farewell to our current seniors, as well as to educators amongst us who are moving on. This year, we sing with additional admiration and gratefulness to some true pillars of Cathedral’s history: Jim McLinn, who has been with us for 44 years; Dr. Tom Greer, who has dedicated 30 years to us; Kathy Bethuram, 28 years; Terry Fox, 22 years, and Kathy Keyes, 21 years of faithful and dedicated service. All of those leaving us leave us richer and better, and those mentioned here, having given 20-plus years, will be particularly missed. Please sing along with me now, “May the peace of the Lord be with you, with your friends and your family too. Let it be, let it grow, and everywhere you go, may the peace of the Lord follow you.” (As some of you may know, Dr. Greer actually wrote that Irish Blessing for Cathedral High School.)

I look forward to seeing you at one of our spring events, such as the Irish Spring Art Show, the choir concert, band concert, graduation, or just dropping off or picking up your student. May the peace and the joy of the Lord be with each of you! Go, Irish!

Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges

On the Calendar

Irish Art Show
Daily thur May 10

Comedy Sportz
May 3

Honors Gala
 May 5

Choir Concert
May 5

Orchestra & Jazz Band Concert
May 7

Band Concert
May 10

Irish 500
May 17

Baccalaureate Mass
May 18

May 19

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News from Cathedral

In just 24 hours, 505 members of the Cathedral family answered the call during our All Out Irish Day of Giving and gave a combined $108,953. Thank you! Your generosity will bless many Cathedral students.

A special thank you to the Browning family for their $2.5 million gift, the largest gift ever given to Cathedral High School. Thank you to Michael Browning and his sons Michael Browning II '92 and Christian Browning '93 for their incredible generosity. This transformative gift will impact our community for years to come. 

Click here to read more about our successful Day of Giving.
The Browning Family
From left to right: Michael II, Kevin, Michael, Katie, and Christian

                            Top of the Class

Cathedral would like to congratulate the Class of 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians! These students are to be congratulated for their hard work over the last four years! These outstanding scholars are as follows: Top Row/Left to Right: Mary (Katie) Kelley (V), Sydney Cripps (V), Matthew Bigelow (S), Nathan Schoenfeld (V), Jacob Schneider (V), Giancarlo Barker (S), Hailey Loftin (S). Middle Row/Left to Right: Kristen Hohman (S), Cassandra Kronenberger (V), Samuel Kacius (V), Blake Lowe (V), Sydney Hastings-Smith (V), Chai Yuanming (V), Grace Kowalevksy (V), Anna Pohl (V). Bottom Row, Left to Right: Melissa Moore (V), Annabel Konesco (V), Mary Kate Temple, (V), McKenna Wylam (V), Sarah Kent (V), Elizabeth Murphy (V), Victoria Gallant (S), Brendan Hurley (V). Of course, the (V) is to note our Valedictorians and the (S) is to note our Salutatorians.
We are extremely proud of these hard-working students who have dedicated the last four years to achieving excellence. May God continue to bless their journey! 
                          Irish Spring Art Show

Cathedral High School is known for excellence in so many areas, including the arts! We'd like to invite everyone to the Irish Spring Art Show in the Auditorium Atrium today thur May 10. Please come out and support our young artists. As Neil Gaiman once said, "The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."
                 Vote for Cathedral's Choir Today!  
How would you like to help Cathedral's choir sing with Foreigner during Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? We need everyone to vote once a day until May 11 at 11:59 p.m. Six other choirs are in the running for this exciting opportunity, so we need everyone to vote each day. Foreigner is headlining Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 24. The winning choir will sing "I Want to Know What Love Is" with Foreigner, and receive a $500 donation! The winner will be announced May 13 on B-105.7's Sean Copeland show.
Click here and vote! Good luck to our amazing musicians!

Also, everyone is invited to the Cathedral Choir Concert on Sunday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Joe O'Malia Performing Arts Center. The concert is free, so make plans now to come out and support our sensational singers.

                   Camp Cathedral - Filling Up Fast!
Spots are filling up fast, so go online today and register for Camp Cathedral! We offer more than 85 camps from June 3 - July 26. The new camps this year include American Girl Doll Camp, Advanced American Sign Language, Minecraft Games & More Camp, Young Men's Leadership Retreat, and Show Choir Camp EXTRAVAGANZA! Cathedral also offers Speech and Debate, Theatre, Pottery, and Culinary Camps. 

Camp Cathedral is dedicated to providing every camper with a safe environment where he/she can learn, discover, and have lots of fun. 

If you wait too long, your favorite camp might be full! Register now at

Also, Cathedral's own Sara Greene, who has more than 20 years experience teaching fine arts, is offering a summer ceramics class for adults. Handbuilding techniques and wheel throwing will be taught, so plan to get your hands dirty and have some fun! All glazes are food safe.

The classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 4. There will be a total of eight sessions. The classes will be in the Cunningham Fine Arts Center, Room 1222, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. 

Register today before the class is full!

Band to Perform with University of Notre Dame's   Symphonic Band
Cathedral's Pride of the Irish Band is performing with the University of Notre Dame's touring Symphonic Band on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Joe O'Malia Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and donations will be accepted to support Cathedral's band. Come on out and show your support for Cathedral's Pride of the Irish Band!
                           Tradition of Excellence Continues
Congratulations to Terry McLaurin '14 on being drafted by the Washington Redskins!! We are proud of McLaurin's faith, hard work, and determination. What a fine example of our Holy Cross Value of Excellence!
We are looking for a big turnout among those whose graduation year ends with a four or a nine! Click here for ticket information and we'll see you during Grand Reunion Weekend!
It's once again time to tee off with Cathedral at the annual Father Kelly Tradition Golf Outing hosted by the Alumni Association. The outing is an 18-hole Florida Scramble, which includes a golf cart, range, lunch, libations, commemorative gifts, and post event hors d'oeuvres!

The Father Kelly Tradition will be held on Friday, June 21 at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, in conjunction with our Grand Reunion Weekend. All alumni, parents, and friends of Cathedral are invited to participate. 

The outing draws 36 foursomes and we've sold out four years in a row, so please be sure to reserve your spot. Sponsorship opportunities are also available! Click here to register. Click here to view sponsorship opportunities.
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