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  • November 2017

    Posted November 15, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    For the past 15 years, I have been blessed to be part of a faith sharing group with colleagues here at Bellarmine. While three of us remain from the original group that started all those years ago, several others have retired, so we added a couple of new members this year, and went back to our original text: Challenge, written by Mark Link, S.J. Link’s intent in this daily meditation is to provide an opportunity for his readers to follow the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in small snippets. Each day, there is a very brief passage from scripture, a story, and then some questions for further thought and prayer.

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  • October 2017

    Posted October 6, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    This summer, the Jesuit Schools Network (the body coordinating the work of all Jesuit schools in the United States and Canada) distributed a pamphlet entitled “Companions in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice.” This document articulates that “Jesuit schools must provide a curriculum and a school environment that helps young women and young men focusing on these goals: 1. to form their consciences 2. to learn from the Jesus of the Gospels how to match their talents to the needs of their times 3. to balance social and political points of view in discourse steeped in Ignatian discernment that leads if not to agreement, then to mutual respect and a desire for reconciliation.”

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  • September 2017

    Posted September 15, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    I hope that your son’s year at Bellarmine has gotten off to a good start, and that he’ll enjoy a little bit of a respite during this long weekend while the faculty and staff participate in an in-service on Monday. During this in-service, we’ll continue our own training relative to this year’s Summit on Human Dignity, with a particular emphasis being placed on using our 7 Principles of Constructive Dialogue.

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  • August 2017

    Posted August 24, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    Welcome back to another school year for those of you with a son returning, and welcome for the first time to those of you new to Bellarmine! Each month, I will send you a newsletter updating you about what is going on here at school, with a particular eye towards how I see our mission as a Catholic, Jesuit school being realized.

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  • May 2017

    Posted May 16, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    It’s hard to believe it, but we have just about come to the conclusion of another school year! As I think about all that has happened this year, I can’t help but be filled with a feeling of gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy as a school community.

    Last Monday was Bellarmine’s Founders’ Day, celebrating the 166th anniversary of when classes were first taught at Bellarmine (then known as Santa Clara Prep). With parents, students, alumni, and friends of the school supporting the Giving Day that we held to commemorate the occasion, I was overwhelmed by all of the wonderful sentiments that were shared about Bellarmine and what time spent here meant to people, particularly our grads

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  • April 2017

    Posted April 13, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    During this Holy Week, I wanted to wish you a happy and blessed Easter season. As I reflect on this Lenten journey, there can be times when the sorrow, confusion, and despair the Disciples must have felt on Good Friday is what resonates the most. But we all know how the Easter story ends – that the journey is not one of defeat, but of the hope that we find in the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. And so I wanted to share with you today some of those good reasons for hope that I see here at Bellarmine.

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  • March 2017

    Posted March 16, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    Father Mario Prietto, S.J., our Jesuit Superior, recently gave me a book called Daily Reflections for Lent by Sister Genevieve Glen, OSB. It is a terrific little book, and has been really good for my prayer during this Lenten Season.

    Last Wednesday’s entry about that day’s reading from the Gospel of Luke has particularly stuck with me. It seems to be one of Jesus’ more harsh statements, as He says, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah” (Luke 11:29). I had always taken this passage to be a bit of foreshadowing that Jesus is providing about His own death, but haven’t understood why He seems to be particularly upset with people.

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  • February 2017

    Posted February 16, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    Lately, I have been thinking quite a bit about joy. Just last week, at a meeting with leaders of other Jesuit schools on the West Coast, the Jesuit Provincials shared about Pope Francis’ homily to them in Rome this Fall. In his homily, Pope Francis shared that joy is constitutive of the Gospels; in other words, where the Gospels are, there too ought to be joy. As Pope Francis told the Jesuits there with him, “you cannot give good news with a sad face. If we aren’t joyful, we aren’t going to be able to do much good!” And you can see that joy in so many pictures of the Pope, like the one I have included here. Pope Francis re-emphasized this same point when he was taking his leave of the Jesuits. While most of these conversations were very brief, one lasted a while longer. It turns out that Pope Francis was gently chastising one of the Jesuits because he wasn’t smiling enough!

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  • January 2017

    Posted January 17, 2017

    Dear Parents,

    Happy new year to you! I hope that you and your family were able to enjoy a terrific break. I know that the break felt long for me (and even more so for my son!) While that made last week a bit challenging, the rest was certainly a good one, and I am returned fresh and ready for 2017, as I know my colleagues are as well.

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  • December 2016

    Posted December 15, 2016

    Dear Parents,

    The Meyercord family loves the Christmas season. We enjoy hanging the lights, going up into the Santa Cruz mountains to find our perfect tree, and decorating the house. This year, my son has shown his Christmas spirit by donning a Santa hat each day since the Monday following Thanksgiving. Weeks ago, the kids were already negotiating at what hour they could wake us up on Christmas morning.

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