Dear Friends of Bishop Montgomery,
As many of you know, I’ve been principal of Bishop Montgomery for 21 years. I came to Bishop Montgomery in the summer of 1997; my first graduating class was the Class of 1998. Needless to say, I’ve been principal for a long time, 21 of the school’s 60 years. I’ve prayed every day of these 21 years to be enough for the faculty and staff, the parents, and for you, but especially for our students. I hope that I have been enough, with the help of God’s grace, in spite of all of my imperfections. I can tell you, that Bishop Montgomery, all of our wonderful students, have been more than enough for me—and that is why it was so hard to make this decision. I am finding it so hard to leave—every “last time” is so hard-- but I’ll be 70 in December and after much thought and prayer, I believe it’s the right time to retire.
Yesterday, the students and faculty gave me the gift of a beautiful assembly that was so filled with love that it couldn’t be contained. At the end, I told them that I will continue to pray as I have every day that they understand that they are each made in God’s image, that they come to know who they are in all of their fullness, not just what they can do, but really who they are, persons with a rich spiritual life, ready to welcome the many surprises God will send them. I will continue to pray as I have every day that they each find their own voice and use it for good; that they come to know that they each have a right to be where they want to be in the world and to pursue whatever dreams they have. I pray above all else that they always remember who they are—God’s glorious creation—His chosen. I pray that if they remember nothing else about me or what I’ve said to them, that they remember what I’ve told them over and over again, especially when life is difficult—that they are each amazing grace, that they are each a precious jewel, that they are each special, each miraculous and each absolutely unrepeatable. I want them each to always remember who they are.
The Class of 2018 will be my last graduating class and June 30, 2018 will be my last day at Bishop Montgomery. It has been my joy to serve here, to be with such wonderful faculty and staff, and to have such amazing students who are my heart and my great love.
Know that I thank you for all of your support and your love. Thank you for loving me for after all, in the end there is only the love.
You will be in my prayers. I hope that you will remember to pray for me. My heart will always be here at Bishop Montgomery.
With thanks and love,