Dear Saint Joe’s Family,

I pray that my message finds you and your loved ones healthy and happy during what I like to call “the dog days of winter.” Spring cannot come soon enough.

I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the start of Catholic Schools Week and the important role Catholic schools, Saint Joe’s in particular, play in the development of young people.

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The benefits of a Catholic education have been studied and well documented. Results show that students who attend Catholic school receive a challenging, high-quality academic experience in a supportive environment, with an emphasis on Catholic values and college preparation. The self-discipline developed by students, along with learning to accept responsibility and to respect others, work together to create lifelong learners. 

At Saint Joseph our Partners in Mission strive to develop the whole student: mind, body and faith. We prepare our students for academic and personal success.

Although this Catholic Schools Week will look much different than ones from the past, our Campus Ministry team has made sure that we are celebrating nonetheless.

One of the programs we are offering this Catholic Schools Week is Adopt A Grandparent or First Responder. It is a six-week program that has our students and Partners in Mission paired as email pen-pals with either a senior citizen or a first responder.

Senior Citizens have suffered through long isolation periods to keep them safe from the Covid-19 Virus, and our First Responders have been battling the pandemic on the front lines for months. As a school, we are taking the time to thank them, and communicate with them so that they know they are appreciated.

As we live through an unprecedented time of challenge and uncertainty I am grateful to our school community: students, Partners in Mission, parents and guardians, and our Board of Directors for their ability and willingness to adapt to the unexpected. Together, we have proven that not even a pandemic can stop us from providing our students with a world class Catholic education.

May God bless you all for your commitment to St. Joe’s and Catholic education.

Go Falcons!

John G. Nolan, Jr.