Dear Friend of Loughlin,
How good it is to pause and give thanks to God for all the abundant blessings that are ours.
The Loughlin community has been blessed in many ways this year. On the top of our list was recruiting a strong ninth grade class in face of the staggering issues facing Catholic schools. The track team celebrates a cross country champion. One of our own Lady Lions is the winner in the Brooklyn/Queens division of the CHSAA and named Outstanding Athlete by the league. Our Rugby, Volleyball and Bowling teams all had competitive seasons.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) at Loughlin - Biomedical Science, had its first White Coat Ceremony. This ceremony was a very real and powerful testimony to the vitality of our new program. This year the gym renovation is complete and our teams will have a home court to play on – hopefully a home court advantage. Five of our faculty participated in the Heuther Conference in Minneapolis, a nationwide gathering of Lasallian educators. We are proud that three of our staff have been selected by the District of Eastern North America to participate in regional formation later in the year. The Loughlin community teems with life giving activity for students and staff.
I am grateful to you who support our efforts to provide the best and broadest in educational opportunity for the young women and men entrusted to our care.
I am mindful of one of our seniors whose family moved to New Jersey. Just the other day, on Parent-Teacher Night, her mother made it a point to seek out our Assistant Principal and tell her that despite an early morning start (4:30 a.m.) her daughter was adamant that she wanted to graduate from Loughlin. The family loves Loughlin and what it has done for their daughter. I think of a young man who currently attends Villanova, and comes back every vacation period to help out, and do whatever he can around the building. He is one of many.
However, it is this feedback that affirms the good that we do. An alumna from Bishops wrote the following in response to reading about the White Coat Ceremony.
You must be so proud of these students and what they have accomplished to date and what they will accomplish in the future. And “hats off” to the faculty and staff who work diligently to prepare this type of program and course work: from planning the program, developing the curriculum and hiring the best teachers to implement all of this. It truly “takes a village.”
As an alumna of Bishop’s, I am proud that my monetary support is being used in such an exceptional way!
There are so many of you who support our mission. I cannot help but swell with gratitude at your generosity and your commitment to young people. “To provide a Christian and human education to the young, especially the poor” is a sacred task. I am grateful to all in our community – alums, faculty students, parents - who respond to the challenges inherent in the mission. May this Thanksgiving afford you an opportunity to appreciate the blessings that are yours, and encourage the resolve to share them with others.
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Brother Dennis Cronin, FSC