These simple words form an invaluable prayer for our community on Sharpley Road. By praying for the intercession of our patron saint, St. Mary Magdalen, we recognize that there is something greater than all of us. We know from the Scriptures that the Kingdom of God is “already, but not yet” built. As such, each of us has a role to play in the ongoing formation and development of our children.
I am very fortunate to have been called to be part of this truly amazing community. As Principal, my role is to lead but that does not necessarily just mean being in charge. Rather, it is being responsible to those who are in my charge. At SMM, our care and concern for the needs of each child is only rivaled by the quality of our faculty, the rigor of our academics, and the call to serve and pray as one community.
Mary Magdalen is often referred to as the apostle sent to the apostles of Jesus. She was also the first witness to the Resurrection in John’s Gospel. So I find it quite fitting that as a school we also continually strive to be the first, not in the sense of some artificial ranking, but in the desire to place our core values first; to place the needs of others first; and to place our call as educators first. I thank you for the privilege of allowing us to walk with your children everyday and I look forward to an inspiring and faith-filled school year. I titled this blog “Magdalen Musings” to reflect the way our faith and school inspires me to ponder, wonder, reflect…to muse about those matters that inspire my work as an administrator, parent, son, and brother, among other relationships. I invite you to muse with me and thank you for visiting!
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