Dear St. Francis Family,
As we concluded 2014, we heard commentaries about the most important news stories of the year and how they affected a number of countries and people. I am sure that some of the events roused feelings of joy, sadness, frustration and even anger. In a world as the one in which we live, we are affected in some way or another no matter how far we live from “the news story”. Our world has become very small because of the way we communicate, travel and how collectively, we as a global people are affected by different events.
Without disregarding the concerns we have for people far away from us, we must also think and reflect on the issues that pertain to our families and how they affect our personal lives and the people with whom we interact daily.
Here at St. Francis, we focus not only on academics, athletics, visual arts, clubs, service and many activities, but also on issues that affect your sons’ lives deeply. Some of the issues have to do with relationships that are essential to their development and spirituality.
At the beginning of a new year, it is customary to make resolutions. I suggest we all look at items that have an impact on the young men we educate and try to help in so many ways. Perhaps as parents, you might look to spend more time with your sons (and daughters), try to be more communicative (and I know this is not always easy with boys and with young people in general), encourage them to be more open with you, be open with them, realize that events in your own lives can have a significant effect on your children’s lives, and last but not least, speak with them about their spiritual well-being. This last item might have the greatest impact as they realize the importance their relationships, or lack of, with God, and others, can affect their daily activities.
Here at St. Francis, we are ready and happy to be of help in every way possible. The formation of your sons, academically and as a person, is a priority year after year. The fruits of your labor and ours will be manifested as they mature and move into a higher educational environment and later on in life. Let’s always be positive and continue working together.
May God fill your new year with joy, opportunities and courage to face whatever challenges may lie ahead of you. You will continue to be remembered in my prayers and at my daily Masses.
Yours in Jesus and Francis,
Fr. Tony Marti
OFM Cap. President