We are blessed to meet many people at the start of a new academic year. We hosted the new Campus Ministry Peer Leaders and faculty members of the College of St. Scholastica. Later this week, many Sisters will walk over to the opening day of the Faculty-Staff Institute to commission and bless all of the College faculty and staff.
Then the new College students arrive: fresh and eager, accompanied by sometimes weary or anxious parents. Over Labor Day weekend, they move into the dorms, meet their instructors, and explore our campus. It’s a delight when new students come to “check out” the monastery or join us for prayer in the Chapel. Finally, the returning students arrive at the end of the Labor Day weekend. Then the school year can begin.
The school year is also starting for Stella Maris Academy, which unifies Duluth’s four parish-schools into one citywide Catholic school on three campuses. I’ve been amazed at the planning and effort of teachers, staff, families, and volunteers. A year ago, this was a dream. With the Welcome Back events this week, it becomes a reality. I’ve been so impressed, as a Board member, with what has been accomplished already. I’m excited about the school’s future.
Our Benedictine community has been actively involved in Catholic education at all levels since our earliest days. We feel the joy, energy, and, yes, even the bits of anxiety that accompany the new year. Whether you are a student, a teacher or a staff member, our prayers are with you for a new year that is challenging, rewarding, and filled with God’s surprises.