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President's Perspective - March 2018

In a few weeks, Holy Week will be here. We will remember and follow Christ’s last few days as a man among us and reflect on the meaning of those days in our own lives. On Wednesday, March 28, our Prep School community will gather for the Stations of the Cross in a dramatic prayer led by our students. Last years’ service was among the most memorable and meaningful Holy Week observances in which I have ever participated. I welcome all parents and grandparents to attend.

Throughout Lent, we have asked our community of students, teachers, and staff to consider how Christ’s life and death have helped us to be better persons. For me, Lent and especially Holy Week is a time for some tough questions about myself and my faith.

  • How have I given up what I wanted so I could provide for the needs of others?
  • How am I building my strength and faith to deal with the trials and tribulations I will face?
  • How often do I quietly stoop to wash the feet of others?
  • If I were there, would I too fall asleep? Would I too ask for Barabbas? Would I have been a willing Simon of Cyrenian and helped ease Christ’s burden? 
  • If I were there would I, like Peter, deny him? How do I deny Christ by my own behavior? 
  • How have I nurtured new life and new understandings in myself?
  • How am I preparing to be a better disciple of Christ and live more fully as a Christian?

If we are meeting our promises to our students, I hope that they too will ask these or other questions of themselves as young adults.

I wish everyone a blessed and joyous Easter Season.

Thomas H. Powell
President
301-662-4210
717-398-2777
tpowell@saintjohnsprep.org

 

A special note on graduation this year

To make the graduation experience more enjoyable for our parents and graduates we have decided to move our Baccalaureate Mass to St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor Catholic Church in Buckeystown. St. Joseph’s has a large parking lot and is located near our school. Additionally, we have moved the Senior Dinner from Dutch’s Daughter to campus. This will allow our students and parents to come directly from the Mass to school for the dinner and awards ceremony. We hope moving the dinner will give us all more space to enjoy the evening and a better venue to recognize our seniors. All parents of graduates will receive a letter from me with the exact details.