A note from the president

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The din of students traversing the hallways is a wonderful sound.  It signals brief moments throughout the school day when friends catch up or weekend plans are discussed.  Every once in a while, even some classwork might be mentioned in passing!  Needless to say, the beginning of our school year is underway, and the faculty and staff of St. Pius X are elevated by the enthusiasm of our students.  Last week, before the students arrived back on campus, all of our teachers gathered for our routine pre-planning to refresh syllabi, create new seating charts, prep materials, and generally dust off the educational cobwebs that form over the summer.  

The overarching theme of our pre-planning, from our first all-faculty Mass and meeting (with an energetic scavenger hunt thrown in for good measure) to our coaches’ planning session, was simple and close to our hearts: Domini Sumus.  The realization that we are the Lord’s gives every one of us the courage and strength to educate our students to the best of our abilities.  Simply put, quite a few of our teachers either retired, relocated, or moved on to new opportunities at the end of last school year.  While one might view this as a concern, our clear and deeply entrenched acknowledgement that we are the Lord’s helps us to move forward in faith and positivity.  We always miss our past colleagues when they are gone, but our St. Pius family grows larger with the arrival of new talented teachers.  New friendships form, new ideas bounce off and shape each other, and a new excitement fills our classrooms.  Numerous teachers expressed that this year’s pre-planning was the most positive and faith-focused in some time.  What a fantastic way to start the year!

So I would like to invite all of us, the entire St. Pius community, to continue in such a fashion.  Each day I try to ask myself if I am working like I am the Lord’s.  And I try to remind myself that everyone else on campus is the Lord’s: I do not have an exclusive claim to that position.  To be the Lord’s is to be protected and loved, but it is also to be upheld to high standards and levels of honor and integrity that our society does not always live out.  If we all say “yes” to Christ’s invitation to be His, our school palpably will be a holy place.  We are called to sanctify our lives, and I can think of no better place to bring that goal to fruition than within our hallways, filled with students alive for God and supportive of each other.

John Favier