Students, teachers return to the classroom as new school year begins
Reverend Robert Bolding welcomed students, parents, faculty and staff celebrating mass on the first day of school. All were welcomed into Bool Gymnasium to hear more from Father as he spoke about the role Catholic Education plays in forming virtuous young men and women to Know the Truth and Love the Good. His message resonated with those in attendance and carried into a smooth beginning in what is now Saint Mary’s 102ndschool year.
“I’m real proud of the faculty and staff, they have worked so hard at making sure this start is seamless,” Father Bolding stated, “although nothing is perfect in this world it went about as smooth as one could ask and we are very thankful for to all the wonderful people who are a part of the Saint Mary’s family and community.”
Prior to the official start day, faculty and staff held a retreat at Mount Claret in Phoenix followed by training sessions for this year. Saint Mary’s welcomed 11 new members for the faculty and staff and all have embraced the mission of Saint Mary’s.
As in normal tradition, the freshman class kicked things off with their orientation day prior to the start of the first day of school. The freshmen and their families also participated in Freshman Dinner this past Friday hearing from Father Bolding, Principal Mr. Kevin Muir, Athletic Director Mr. Greg Fahrendorf and others.
The highlight of the beginning of the school year was the Back-to-School BBQ hosted by the wonderful Saint Mary’s Parent Service Organization. This free event consisted of food, drinks, games, music and families greeting families sharing their summer stories and Saint Mary’s experiences.
“I’m really excited about this school year, there are so many fantastic things happening here at Saint Mary’s,” Father Bolding followed, “it truly is a special place and we are all excited to be back and working toward supporting our mission.”
Sr. Mercedes Torres, OP,
Professes Solemn Vows
Sr. Mercedes Torres, OP, professed solemn vows as a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist July 24that the motherhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Originally from Brooklyn, Sr. Mercedes is in her fourth year at Saint Mary’s teaching Spanish and Humanities. Below please read a letter of thanks from Sr.:
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for you prayers leading up to and during my Final Vows. I cannot tell you how much it means to me. All of your joyful “congratulations” upon arrival back to school have been to touching. I am so very grateful.
There were 7 Sisters that made Final Vows on July 24th. Father Bolding concelebrated, St. Mary’s seminarians Erik Ochoa and Roberto Huerta served the Mass, and Deacon James Carabajal (father of recent graduate Mariana Carabajal) proclaimed the Gospel at the Mass. As you know, many of the members of the St. Mary’s community including Liz Salgado with Nikki, Veronica Kuenstle, Amy Jerome and her son Alex, Jim Spina with his wife Nancy and daughter Calley, The Mowery’s, and the Gignoux’s were able to it up for the Mass. It was a blessing to have such a St. Mary’s presence.
While most of you were not able to make it to Ann Arbor, I know you were most certainly there in prayer.
I am including a few pictures from a couple particularly special parts of the Profession Mass.
Thank you, again, for all of your prayers. I felt the support of the St. Mary’s family in a special way.
God Bless you all!
Sr. Mercedes, OP
Sr. recently conducted a wonderful interview with the Catholic Sun, please enjoy reading: