Catholic Schools Week Launches Second Semester (By Dennis Hodapp, Director or Campus Ministry)

As we bid a wistful farewell to Winter Term 2019, with its fantastic, globetrotting trips, intern explorations, and cleverly crafted classes from our creative faculty, we plunge into a new semester, happily inaugurated by National Catholic Schools Week this January 27 - February 2.

During Catholic Schools Week, we have the unique opportunity to celebrate the long history of the Church’s nurturance of the whole person through holistic education. For instance, on Monday, we celebrated in our morning prayer one of the greatest Catholic theologians of all time, St. Thomas Aquinas, whose writings and teachings are so influential that nearly a thousand years later he is widely studied and considered, in the words of the late Saint Pope John Paul II, "A master of thought and a model of the right way to do theology." As the patron saint of Catholic Schools and students, we pray to him, asking him to teach us to lift our minds and our hearts to our Creator and Lord, Who is the source of Wisdom and Love.

I also want to take this opportunity to celebrate our students who, in the longstanding SMCA tradition of service, put their faith into action by serving others as Christ serves them. As many of you know by now, we implemented a new service tracking system, MobileServe, at the beginning of last summer. By all accounts, it has been a success, and I am excited to share some results from the service log data. SMCA students have already logged a total of 2555 service hours for the first semester. More info about our top service hour earners can be seen in the graphs and chart below. Congratulations, and keep up the good work guys!

Please remember that service hours are a graduation requirement. If you are looking for opportunities to serve, check out our SMCA Recommended Service Opportunities. Also take a look at our SMCA Service Learning Info Sheet which explains the service requirements and how to log hours properly.

As always, I pray for each and every member of the St. Michael’s community, and ask you to keep me and our community in your prayers. St. Michael, pray for us!

Sincerely Yours,

Dennis Hodapp