The current pandemic has placed tremendous physical, mental, emotional, and economic suffering on our entire community. Fear, anger, frustration, and anxiety have become daily assailants on all of us, fed by what remains an unclear vision of the future. The death of George Floyd and resulting turmoil around the nation has only compounded these feelings for all of us, as it is all caught on camera and thrust into our lives every day.
As Archbishop Vigneron wrote in his letter to the Archdiocese of Detroit this past weekend, St. Paul preached: God has put this body together, so that “there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy” (1 Cor. 12:25-26).
We celebrate our diversity as Shamrock Nation with families from an incredible number of different educational, geographic, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Now is the time for us to come together and support each other as one community, united in Christ.
As an institution, we have dedicated ourselves to the teaching of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge for more than 90 years. It is a difficult process that forces students out of their comfort zone for the four years they are on campus. We also want to remind our alumni, faculty, and staff to remember that the quest for Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge is a lifelong pursuit.
As the leaders of Catholic Central High School, it is important for us to speak out against the grave sin of racism that persists in our society, especially towards our brothers and sisters from the Black community. As a school, and as Catholics, we cannot stand for evil in our presence and need to address it head on. Progress in this area is only possible through difficult, but necessary, constructive dialogue and educational opportunities.
The opportunities below were planned for this past spring and upcoming school year before the change in our circumstances brought about by COVID-19, and we are placing a renewed focus and energy towards:
A summer workshop for all incoming students on race relations and cultural sensitivity
Professional development for faculty and staff on race relations and cultural sensitivity
The establishment of a multicultural club for students and faculty
Additional guest speakers throughout the year to continue the discussion
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but simply to reaffirm that we are always seeking ways to improve as a school community, and to provide the best learning environment possible for all young men. We will continue to pray to Mary, Alma Mater, and to her Son to guide us and heal us as one people.
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.