Weekly Letter (Mar 20 ’17)

Dear Parents and Students,

Aside from the WCEA visit last week there were three other major events: the feast days of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph and the high school acceptance announcements.

Perhaps you know that I am of Irish ancestry, so of course Saint Patrick is important to me. But I sincerely believe that all cultures and maybe all individuals have had their own “Patrick.” Whether it was a saint, a grandparent, a parent, a priest, or a group of nuns, somebody (probably all of them together) brought each of us closer to understanding God. So for all of us who owe a thank you to those who helped us build our faith, “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!”

When I think of Saint Joseph I have two immediate thoughts: the most underappreciated Saint ever, and Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet who staffed our beloved school for the first 98 years. The faith and the love Joseph quietly shared with Mary and Jesus should be an example to us all. And God bless the dear Sisters of Saint Joseph for coming to the edge of the world (in 1909 anyway) to teach the children of San Francisco.

Finally, I want to congratulate all of our eighth graders who received their high school acceptances last week. This is a big deal and I am so proud of you all.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep                          19 accepted, 11 with Honors

Saint Ignatius College Prep                            6 accepted, 6 with honors

Archbishop Riordan High School                   4 accepted, 1 with Honors

Mercy High School                                         3 accepted

Convent of the Sacred Heart                          2 accepted

Immaculate Conception Academy                 1 accepted

Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton)                         1 accepted

Lowell High School                                        3 accepted

Private schools and Catholic schools outside the City do not usually inform us of their decisions so if I left off any schools please let me know so I can update this information. (But remember that you still are Star students until you walk out of Church with that diploma.)

Next week I will give an update on the master plan for repairing or rebuilding the campus. The short version is that the “user meetings” were held last month and were actually very exciting.


Terrence Hanley


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