August 2018

Posted: August 23, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome – or welcome back! I hope that you had a truly wonderful and memorable summer with your family and friends. It was great to see all of the students back at school this morning. While I’m sure there were some sleepy, pretty non-communicative boys when they left home, I saw plenty of smiles and heard lots of laughter as students greeted one another on campus.

For those of you new to Bellarmine – I write to parents once a month, sharing with you a bit of what is going on at school, in the hope that this will help foster some good conversation for you with your son.

We started the day with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Fr. Cobb, S.J. As Father Cobb reminded us, in doing so, we also join in solidarity with Jesuit schools around San Jose, the country, and the world, all of whom are seeking God’s blessing on all of our endeavors this school year. The Mass was beautiful, and it was a meaningful way for us to launch into the year.

Our principal, Mrs. Luscher, gave a very moving Gospel reflection in which she bravely shared how she has struggled with feelings of inadequacy over the course of her life. She recalled the words from our Psalm this morning, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” and how they have caused her to re-imagine and re-evaluate the limitations she has placed upon herself. If we are made in God’s image, then we must have something unique and special to offer the world. I have linked to her reflection HERE and I would encourage you to read it, as she does an excellent job of introducing the topic of this year’s summit on human dignity - gender. By focusing on the theme of gender, we are working to understand and embrace the person that God has called us to be, knowing that we are made in His image and likeness.

Our post-Communion meditation was offered by senior David DeRuiter, who sang “You Will be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen. It was a beautiful rendition of a song that conveys a powerful and timely message for our school community, particularly for those new to it. We want all of our students to know that they are valued, important members of the community, and that they are made in God’s image. There is a place for them here. In fact, we need them here! The words of the song remind us all that we are not alone, and “even when the dark comes crashing through… You will be found.”

I don’t know all that this year has in store for us. I’m sure there will be moments of triumph and elation, and that there will be challenges for the students individually, and no doubt for us collectively. But I also know and believe that there is a place for your son – and for your family – here at Bellarmine. I’m confident that if we come together, rely upon one another as resources, and live out the call to be men and women for and with others, we will learn, grow, and thrive this school year.

Thank you for trusting us to help your son on his journey, and please join me in praying for our school year.

Sincerely,

Chris Meyercord '88
President

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