My Yankee friends in the north are always amazed when I tell them the start-date for our school. All our students return on August 11th this year, and it's not a day too soon, as far as I'm concerned.
I love being the pastor of a parish with a school. This is the sixteenth year for the Academy, and every year is better than the last. We've been having open house evenings, with another one tonight, and it's wonderful to be in the hallways as families are finding their children's classrooms, signing up for sports, getting lunches ordered, seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
They'll all be here tomorrow -- 545 students at the moment, with more waiting to be admitted -- and our new academic year will begin. It will be my pleasure and privilege to celebrate daily Mass with all the students, faculty and staff, and we'll begin the schedule for students' confessions, too.
Last year's graduates are heading off to their various colleges in a few weeks, and we'll have lots of new faces here. The cycle continues!