During my junior year in college, I attended a summer mission project in New Jersey. The goal of the project was to provide college students opportunities to grow in their faith. During the day we held down full-time jobs, the evenings were for faith formation and the weekends for community outreach and service.
There is a small, desolate island off the tip of Door County in Wisconsin. It is called Rock Island and is accessible by a ferry for those wishing to visit the island. The ferry is limited to only carrying people and runs a tight schedule during the day. Most visitors come to hike during the day, but there are a few places where camping is allowed. Campers are without electricity, running water or access to civilization.
We recently purchased an older home which we knew would need some major home improvements. Growing up in the Midwest, an older home was considered to be from the 1940s or so. I used to take my children to Old World Wisconsin where there is a series of themed villages built to historical specifications.
This spring has been a very difficult one for our school community. The challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have erased what we considered normal for not just our school, but for all our families as well.
I used to work during the summers at an adventure camp for middle and high school boys. There was an emphasis on leadership and during the program each student was given the opportunity to lead. It was rewarding to see the boys’ transformation over the two-week program.
It was Mother’s Day this past weekend and I hope you had an opportunity to honor your mom or if you are a mother your children did something special for you. We are truly blessed by the mothers in our Malden Catholic community who are teachers, staff and parents.
Each school year, as I have mentioned, is a story in itself. I like to think of a book with four chapters (one for each grade level). We have the main character (your student) who sets out on a journey (academics/extra-curricular activities) and encounters various challenges stimulating their growth into a young adult.
We used to live in a house with the bathroom right off the bedroom. Every morning when I would get out of bed the first thing I did was reach for is the bathroom light switch. I could usually find it without too much stumbling around.
A story caught my attention that was recently broadcast on the local news. Someone donated $5000 worth of gift cards at a grocery store. These gift cards were to be used to pay for customers groceries between the hours of 6:00 and 7:30 a.m.
This is always a special time to remember and celebrate Our Lord Jesus Christ’s victory over death. It’s a time to reflect and grow in a deeper way with Christ. It’s a time to allow Him to develop new ways to translate into our lives what He accomplished over 2,000 years ago.
One summer, a young woman, Cheryl, approached our church for some help. She had fallen on hard times and was having trouble making ends meet. Besides providing financial assistance, our church looked to help her in other ways as well.
Only a few weeks after I obtained my driver’s license, I was pressed into driving my whole family home from a long trip during a torrential thunderstorm. We were traveling from my grandparent’s cabin in northern Minnesota back to our home in Minneapolis with my mother, three sisters and my aunt all packed in the car.
I’d been coaching cross country at a small, private military boarding school for a few years and had developed a fairly good team. One day, I came up with an idea that would challenge all of us to move beyond the familiar.
Lessons from our past can often serve as guideposts for our future. When I was in middle school, my friend and I asked the history teacher for permission to go to the library and grab a few books for an upcoming research paper.
Students sometimes need us to help them navigate through disappointment. Managing and navigating the course however, can be challenging because what causes disappointment in a teen’s life isn’t always easily understood.
It was the summer of 2005, and I was the sailing instructor for an all-male, summer adventure program. The independent school where I taught wanted to increase revenue by offering a summer program and they needed a sailing instructor.
A few years ago, my wife and I (plus the dog) visited the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. We were living in Cincinnati which is only about a five-hour car ride. We had never seen the area before and thought this would be a great opportunity.
Years ago, I coached a promising young cross-country runner named Bret. He liked to run and was a personable young man. I enjoyed coaching him and looked forward to seeing him improve and become a great runner.
Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Ogunquit, Maine. The seacoast there is breathtaking, and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We were able to walk on a path situated right on the coastline called The Marginal Way.
One summer I was at a friend’s cabin on a lake in Northern Minnesota. It was a great place to go because we could fish, water ski and swim. I always enjoyed my time there and admired my friend’s watercraft abilities. He had a knack navigating anything that could float.
I watched the movie Shutter Island a few weeks ago and was struck by the scenery and locations where the movie was filmed. The film tells a chilling story about a detective trying to solve a murder case on a secluded island that has an insane asylum.
During the summer of 1968, my father decided to replace the engine of his 1963 Ford Fairlane. There are those who understand the combustion engine and can easily diagnose and repair them. There are those that liken themselves a mechanic and fearlessly, but naively, dive in over their heads.
I had the opportunity to attend our girls’ first home soccer game this past week. They played a competitive and spirited game against the other team and it was fun to watch.
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I am excited to get the school year underway and I am thankful you chose Malden Catholic High School. As the only Catholic, codivisional school in the area, I know your son or daughter is going to have an outstanding experience this school year.