Remarks from our Chairman:
The Richard R. Lessard Music Room
St. Augustine is quoted as saying. “When one encounters truth, one encounters the God whose truth it is.” Classical Education at its Uncommon Core is an encounter with what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful. Throughout the ages, God has gifted people by grace to be vehicles through which the art of music has communicated his truth, beauty and goodness. Music is a powerful tool that brings people together through a common language. In a Classical Curriculum is becomes a sacred medium to accomplish our mission of teaching God’s children to Know, Love and Serve Him. It is another medium, for students to become Virtuous leaders who will transform society in the image of God. We are blessed tonight to be able to dedicate this wonderful Music Room. It is the means to build a Music Department and enhance our Classical Curriculum. But, it is much more than that. It is a sign of God’s grace and providence in the journey of “the little school that could.”
The story of this school is quite simply a miracle. It is a story of a journey that has not be fueled by our limited collective abilities to reason; because, frankly, this success story is humanly impossible. The journey has been fueled by Faith in an all knowing, all loving, all-powerful God. Father Walter Ciszek said, “Faith is like a dark tunnel. God gives us the light to take one step at a time. The light is not given to see the end of the tunnel.” This quote has been a form of mantra over the past 6 years. Many times, it appeared to us that we had reached the end but time and time again God would shine light on the next step. Sometimes the next step came in the form of a person that God would call to assist us when we seemed out of options.
Tonight we are here to honor one of those beams of light that God sent when we needed him. Tonight we are dedicating this Music Room to a very special person. If I could borrow from Father Simi’s Gospel reading---“A person who is so clearly salt and light…”
I ask that Mr. Richard Lessard please join me on the stage..!!