Dear Crusader Family -
As I look back on a lifetime of either attending or working for Catholic schools, I remember most vividly my first day at La Salle High School in Cincinnati, OH. To be honest, I have no memory of actually attending class that day. It is the words of my Dad as we sat around the dinner table that night. After asking me the obligatory question about my day, he wanted to talk about what he was thinking about as he drove to work that morning. He realized that in my senior year -yes, 4 years away - he would have three kids in Catholic high school and two in Catholic grade school. He shared his anxiety level about how he and my mom would be able to afford that on his income. He then shared that he came to the realization that providing a Catholic education to his children was so valuable to him, that he would do anything to make it available to us.
My Dad's commitment and dedication to the importance of a Catholic education made a lasting impact on me, so much so that I am proud to inform you that my three children are graduates of Catholic schools. With two grown and married and one about to graduate from a Catholic university, I think that I can speak for my wife Kathy and say - “Thanks Dad. You were right." I now understand and can see the value that has been added to their lives because of the partnership of parent, parish and Catholic school.
Last week when Mr. Riegler called to inform me that I was chosen to serve as the next President of Muskegon Catholic Central, those values instilled through a powerful example by loving parents who sacrificed all to ensure that their five children would benefit from a Catholic education came flooding back to me. I am committed to ensuring that our grandchildren’s grandchildren can be as positively impacted by a Catholic school education as I was. Throughout the interview process, I saw and felt a similar commitment and dedication in all that I met – Board member, parent, faculty, and administrator. I am eager to partner with all in the MCC family to ensure that the long tradition of providing excellence in Catholic faith formation and academics continues for years to come.
The old adage that it takes a village is correct when looking at how we must move forward. In the days and weeks ahead, I want to learn as much about Muskegon Catholic Central as possible. As I step into the community and share the powerful message that is Muskegon Catholic Central, I want to speak with passion, integrity and honesty. I need your help to move what I know about MCC from my head to my heart. I invite, actually, I encourage you to reach out to meet me and share your MCC story with me. The process can begin this weekend. My wife Kathy and I will be attending the 33rd Annual Rainbow Auction. If you are in attendance, I am eager to meet and share with you. If I miss you this weekend, please feel free to reach out to me via email at [email protected] Please help me become a Crusader.
I am energized by the tagline I see on everything – Faith.Moving.Forward. What an incredibly powerful statement conveying:
- A collaboration of faith and education that propels students to the best they can be - in mind, body and spirit.
- A sense of proactivity and intentionality on the part of all in creating a learning process that serves all students.
- The insight that MCC is not about to stand still in anything that it does.
- The fact that MCC exists to aid the Church in calling all to holiness and discipleship.
My wife and I have been praying that God share with us His plan for the next phase of our lives. In saying YES to this incredible opportunity, we trust and celebrate the fact the next phase will occur in Muskegon, so that I can serve the MCC family as its servant leader and President. We are excited about the opportunity and look forward to sharing who we are as individuals and as a family with each of you. As my daughter stated in her Facebook post the other day – look out, Muskegon, here comes the Rasps.
In the words of St. Francis:
May the Lord bless you and keep you
May He show his face to you
And have mercy on you
May He turn to you and give you peace.
May the Lord bless you, all in the MCC family.