A Message of Appreciation

A Message from President Flanery to Faculty
Posted on 05/06/2020
A Message to Our Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools Faculty,

I write to you on the middle day of Teacher Appreciation Week to say “Thank You” for what you do each day for our students, families and system.  I am truly grateful for your commitment and dedication that have been accentuated with our recent circumstances.  

You are the engine behind everything we do.  You share faith and prayer with our students in remarkable and meaningful ways.  I am proud to proclaim that we are unapologetically Catholic.  Make no mistake about it – we are not a private school.  We are a Catholic school that finds our mission deeply rooted in the beliefs and foundation of our church.  

I am thankful for your willingness to work for our schools and hope that the lack of monetary reward is made up for with the relationships you build every day with our students, families and fellow faculty.  The richness of personal connections provides the mind, heart and spirit with gifts of love and kindness that can only be attained through these relationships.  

Last year we celebrated Teacher Appreciation with a pizza lunch in your buildings.  This year as much as I would love to come to each of your homes and share that yummy goodness, instead I am hoping to do a late summer gathering for us all and provide music, food and fun.  More details will come as we continue to navigate through the closures and social distancing.  

So this week we celebrate you - our wonderful teachers.  God bless you! Please know of my continued daily prayers for you and your families during this health crisis.  

St. Patrick’s Breastplate (my favorite part of it)
Christ be with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me.
Christ above me.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left.
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit. Christ where I arise.
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me.
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me.
Christ in every year that hears me. 

Stay healthy and thank you – 
John 
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