“Lord heal our hearts and our nation.”
This is the fervent prayer of Sister Miriam Jones of Steubenville University, a prayer that I share with her. Although the events in our nation’s capital on Wednesday were shocking and unsettling, I was encouraged when I awoke Thursday morning to the news that Congress had certified the election. Yesterday, many of our classes and our advisory groups set aside some time to grapple with many of the tough questions that these events raised. At least in my group, it was a conversation that was rooted in listening to one another and responding genuinely and respectfully to one another. I feel certain that we will have many more conversations like these in the months to come.
Meanwhile, the Academic Council and the Counseling Department have begun planning work for the upcoming academic year. Quite soon, your son will be meeting with his advisor and counselor to determine his coursework for next year. (It hardly seems possible, does it?) This year, course selection will take place via MyPriory and with the recommendations of the department members.
As you know, we will host Parent-Teacher Conferences next Friday, Jan. 15. The portal for sign-ups opened yesterday morning, and conferences will once again be held virtually.
Finally, it won’t be long before we will be making plans for Senior Commencement on Sunday, May 23. This group of young men hold a special spot in my heart: Their spirit and their zeal are an inspiration to me. So it only seemed appropriate to me when I learned that their graduation falls on the Feast of the Pentecost.
Please know that you and your families are in my prayers, and if ever you have a need for my assistance in these crazy times, I’m just a phone call away.
Assistant Head of School for Intellectual Formation