In 2010 I was introduced to a life changing treasure --- The children at Saint John the Baptist parish school. It was then that I came to the realization that the school was failing and that soon the leadership of the Archdiocese would be choosing to exercise their collective vision and close another school. Saint John the Baptist School had survived for over 230 years teaching children to know, love and serve God. Many generations of faith filled parishioners had sacrificed, since 1784, to fulfill their sacred obligation to educate the next generation in the Catholic faith. How could we allow this school to fail on our watch? Especially at this time in history.
But what could I do?
I was just one person with no credentials to save a school and I was busy being a husband, father, grandfather and business owner. Not to mention the fact that I am not particularly holy. Surely someone else could take the lead. Maybe the school should just close!
The more I tried to rationalize my way out of taking on this project, the more God stirred my discontented soul. My restlessness finally got to the point where I reluctantly said "yes."
It was then that God showed me the power of that "yes."
But, He wasn't asking me to do it all by myself. He was asking me to be a participant in His salvation plan for our school and the entire parish community.
I was reminded then of the moment in scripture when God could have easily fed the 5000 at the Sea of Galilee by miraculously raining down manna from heaven. But He chose not to -- for he wanted His people to participate in His plan. So he waited for a little boy’s modest offering of five barley loaves and three fish. Then Jesus multiplied that offering to feed the multitudes.
Once I said “yes,” God began calling others to the school mission and I am profoundly grateful to Him for our faculty, staff, parents, volunteers and board members who have helped to create a miracle in our midst.
He has taught us that He is all knowing, all loving and all powerful. (He has also taught us that we are not). He has worked through all of us to accomplish much.
Most important is the transformation of the failing Saint John the Baptist Parish School into the Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist, a thriving authentically Catholic School with a classical liberal arts curriculum that is inspiring our children to think and learn through the perspective of His objective truth.
A truth that inspires hope in our children;
A truth that inspires love in our children;
A truth that inspires faith that is the only real pathway to freedom, joy and peace.
On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8:45 AM in the school gym, The Academy’s Board of Directors will host an event of eternal significance to our community. The 60-minute Knowing Loving Serving Leading Fundraising Breakfast will illuminate and celebrate the miraculous success God has bestowed on our Academy.
I ask you to please attend and be part of this monumental milestone in our Academy’s history.
You will be deeply moved and inspired in your own faith journey.
There is no cost for the breakfast; however, there will be an opportunity to consider making a gift to ensure the success of the Academy. There is no requirement. All we ask is that you prayerfully discern this opportunity to support God’s future plan for His Academy.
In closing, please know that my reluctant "yes" from 2010 has transformed my once restless heart. My daily emphasis no longer lies as much in the "treasures on earth" upon which my life was focused. God has used the Academy’s children to bring my focus to things that are "treasures in heaven." I have realized that the real purpose of my life is to know, love and serve God and it is only in pursuing this purpose that my heart will lie restful.
I look forward to celebrating with you May 12th.
Chairman of the Board
Regina Academy at Saint John the Baptist
P.S. - Bring a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish with you.