I am humbled and honored to be able to serve as Bellarmine’s
President. I am following in the
footsteps of some legendary Jesuits in this role. Men like Fr. Paul Sheridan, Fr. Jerry Wade,
and Fr. Bob Mathewson, have built a fantastic foundation at Bellarmine. I know that with the continuing support of
the Jesuit community at Bellarmine, and particularly of our parent and alumni
communities, that Bellarmine will continue to thrive and provide an outstanding
education and formation of character for our young men.
Bellarmine truly is a community of “men and women, gathered
together by God,” as our Mission statement reads. There is something special that you feel whenever you step foot on this campus, and it's an experience that resonates with our alumni and their families many years after they walk across the Liccardo balcony as graduates.
The financial generosity of so many has really enabled
Bellarmine to flourish through the years. And yet the challenge to raise sufficient dollars each year is a real
one. This year, we will distribute more
than $4 million in financial aid to nearly 25% of our student body. The students on aid benefit 100% of our students,
because we all benefit from having such a wonderfully diverse campus and
student body. It truly is one of
Bellarmine’s greatest characteristics. Additional funds are needed to support ongoing campus improvements, such
as our recent upgrades to our athletic fields, and the future endeavors to enhance our STEM offerings and facilities.
The Bellarmine education of today is one that challenges
students to find and cultivate their gifts and talents, and then ultimately to
put those gifts at the service of others. It is a formation rooted in hope and a belief that these young people we
are educating will be the ones who go out and help to eradicate some of the
fundamental challenges of the 21st century, and impact the world in
I am grateful for our active and
supportive parents, our dedicated and compassionate faculty and staff, our
loyal alumni and friends, and certainly our students: young men who, through
their collective Bellarmine experience, become more aware of the difference
they are called to make in our community and beyond.
Thank you for your sacrifices and
your generosity which enable Bellarmine to fulfill its mission of preparing
young minds and hearts to meet the challenges of our world.
In that spirit, I offer St. Ignatius's prayer for generosity:
Lord, teach me to be generous;
To serve you as you deserve,
To give and not count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to ask for rest,
To labor and not to ask for any reward,
Except to know it is your will I am doing.
Chris Meyercord '88