BOOMTOWN, A NEW FEATURE & THE YEAR OF THE PRIEST
When I first got e-mail, there was something wrong with the server or with me or both and messages were taking a long time to be transmitted. For example, I got an e-mail from Mrs. Cooper on Monday that she had sent on Friday. E-mail has two big advantages: speed and no stamps. Mine had only one of those advantages. I began to think that the “E” in e-mail stood for “eventual” rather than “electronic”. In that slow delivered e-mail Mrs. Cooper said that she really likes working at Seton because she continues to learn so much about the Faith from Mrs. Carroll.
This started me thinking about the people to whom I owe knowledge of the Faith. Among these have been many students who have made the beauty of the Faith come alive as they have taught primarily by example in consistent daily acts or in some one particular inspiring act. So I decided that I would periodically feature a noteworthy student here. I have even come up with a clever name for this feature: “Student Teachers”. What do you think? I have not made up a list, but there is a goodly number that come to mind quickly. (If you think you should be featured as a “Student Teacher”, please remind me what it is I should have learned from you and I will do my best to lionize you!) I am sure that each teacher at Seton would be able to come up with a sizeable list and that the lists would vary greatly in names.
It seems there would be no better place to start than with an original student. That eliminates nearly all of you and gets us down to the Sweet 16 finalists as the first “Student Teacher”. He/She (giving nothing else away) will probably be very surprised to find that he/she (still not giving anything else away) is the first choice here, because this student had the mark of humility while possessing many talents. And it just so happens that our school colors are the result of this person’s efforts. It might be fun for you to guess who of the 16 it will be. To make the guessing easier I will list the first names of the first 16 students in alphabetical order beginning with the boys: Frankie, Joe, Paul, Tim. Athena, Debby, Dorothy, Jan, Lang, Liz, Mary, Michelle, Missy, Roberta, Shirley, Teresa. That’s all on this today. We will save the first “Student Teacher” for the Assumption. Don’t forget whom you picked as the 1st Student Teacher.
Wait! There is more.
Here is another Year of the Priest story in honor of St. John Vianney whose feast is August 4th. This one comes from the Denver Catholic Register.
It is written by Msgr. Peter Quang Nguyen whose topic was the importance of Catholic education. He was born in Vietnam January 1, 1959, and escaped from his homeland to the United States. Archbishop Chaput just recently named him a monsignor. Here is what he had to say. “In 2000, I had the privilege to offer the Eucharist at the 50-year anniversary of my parent’s wedding and my 10-year anniversary as a priest After they renewed their vows, I blessed a new set of wedding rings for my mother and father, to replace their original wedding rings which they had sold when I was a child in order to pay my tuition. They made a tremendous sacrifice for my Catholic education. At that Mass, I presented them, with tears of joy and thanksgiving, a new set of wedding rings as a token of my appreciation. Their sacrifice gave me an opportunity to become a witness of Christ Jesus in my daily life.”
Thought you might like to know that August 9th is Mrs. Carroll’s birthday. Nine days after the 200th anniversary of Mother Seton founding the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg.
Jezu, ufam Tobie.