Four years ago, I received an overstuffed envelope filled with many sheets of paper that I was to complete before sending my son to school at St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt. Calvary, WI, a Catholic all-boys school that is now in its 153rd year. The myriad of information was not what grabbed my attention and began the flow of tears, that still, upon remembering it four years later, well up in the corners of my eyes again. No, not the paperwork, but the pair of brown SLS socks, sent by the school’s rector, Fr. Dennis Druggan–in case we got “cold feet.”
“How did he know,” I wondered aloud as I clutched the socks and my fluffy white dog and sobbed for what seemed like hours alone on my back porch. How did he know that I was having cold feet about sending my youngest child, my baby, to a boarding school?
The sweetness of the gesture, accompanied by the many visits to the school and speaking with Fr. Dennis about this new journey in our son’s life, melted my soul and I knew, just knew, that despite my missing my son, this would be OK.
As we prepare for his senior year where he will be serving as the school president, I could not be more proud, or more grateful for all that this school has done for my son and for our family. My son is no longer a boy, he has become a man. He is strong in his faith, educationally at the top of other students his age, has a great work ethic, is respectful, honorable and sensitive to others. He carries with him, the Capuchin Franciscan spirit to “preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.”
The entire staff works as a team to help students succeed academically, athletically, spiritually, socially, morally and ethically. Each member is part of the SLS family from the rector to the custodial staff, and all are dedicated to the mission of St. Francis of Assisi.
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
While my son has not yet decided upon his career goals, I know that through his formation received at SLS, the focus on faith, family,education, social justice and diversity will make him a success in whatever road he chooses to follow after graduation in the spring.
I am, and will forever be a proud parent of a St. Lawrence Seminary student and will support this school forever. Thank you Fr. Dennis, Fr. Gary and all of the wonderful Capuchin Franciscans for helping my son to become a fine, moral, young man!