Dear HRA Families and Friends,
We begin Passion week and eagerly anticipate the Resurrection of Our Lord. It will be a shortened week of only three days. Please enjoy time with your family as you celebrate Holy Thursday, the day we celebrate our ordained priests and pray for more, Good Friday, the day we embrace the cross and venerate the Great Sacrifice of Our Lord, and rest on Holy Saturday with Jesus in the tomb, only to spiritually awaken on Easter Sunday. I hope that the vacation Monday after Easter is the beginning of a joy filled Easter octave! May you and your families enjoy this spiritual journey with one another this coming week.
This past week was one of some trials and great tribulations. The Juniors and Seniors presented their theses to the Upper School, Faculty, and their families. Each and every one wrote fine, coherent papers in which they struggled with some of the most difficult theological and philosophical topics I have ever encountered in the ten years students have been defending their theses. Congratulations to the Juniors and Seniors for defending their positions thoughtfully and well. A special thank you to the faculty advisors, Mrs. Schirda – the foundress and director of the Thesis Program, and Mr. Austin Welsh, the Composition 11/12 teacher for the excellent help and counsel you afforded these students throughout their preparation. Bravo to all involved.
Thank you especially to the panel who brilliantly questioned the seniors for their evening rigor. Fr. Augustine Highlander O.P., Dr. Laura Walters, and Mr. Mario Bird made up a superb panel to challenge the seniors to a grueling half hour of insightful and probing questions. Justin Klump and Jacob Owens bravely fielded and defended their theses while conceding points in the interest of arriving at the truth of their subject matter. They both showed maturity and wisdom in their prudent responses. To the Juniors, I can only say how proud I was of your first efforts this year and how much I already eagerly await your papers as Seniors. Congratulations to Karina Biegel, Jessica Smith, Anne-Marie Droege, Anna Jemmings, Victoria Zipay, and Lee Cookson! Thank you to all the families who joined us. You ought to be so proud of your children and their peers. Thank you to the great alumni who showed up to support the students and for all the moral support you provided.
I encourage all parents to check their emails for an important letter and picture I have sent to you regarding a triying event we endured this past week. If you did not receive an email by Sunday midday, please be sure to call or stop by the school office so that we can give you a hard copy of my letter. It is a enough to say that all is well and the state of the school is strong!
This is a shortened blog in order to save for more very exciting news I have to share in the coming week. In the meantime, I wish you all spiritual blessings this week.
Miss Neumayr, Principal