April 2016

Dear Supporters of St. Therese Carmelite School, 

Have you ever carved your name or a message into a tree or left your hand print in wet cement?  The reason people do this is to leave evidence that they were there.  As we look back and remember all the students and their families who have been impacted by St. Therese School the past 90 years, we can imagine God carving His own message, 

“I was here. I knocked on the door of people’s hearts, and they opened them and let Me come in.  I came to touch lives, to watch overmy followers, and to show them My love. And… I am still here.”      –God

The year 2016 marks 90 years since the founding of our School in 1926.  This reminds me of a certain comedian who was asked what he would like people to say about him in 100 years time, and he answered, “I’d like them to say, ‘He looks pretty good for his age!’”.  What would we like people to say about St. Therese School in 100 years?  Perhaps that once we brought our school back to a place of academic excellence by using Classical Curriculum, it became a place where children not only received a great education, but where they also grew in their love for Christ and His Church.  In short, a place where the students could learn to “become saints”. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your loyalty, as well as for your financial support and for your trust in me as your shepherd and in Mrs. Cornejo as your principal.  Your confidence in us is truly appreciated!  You have our constant pledge that we will persevere in making St. Therese Carmelite School the best that it can be! 

As we look forward to the next ninety years—and beyond!—we, and those destined to come after us, will all strive to continue to leave our marks on the School and in the lives of everyone associated with our School.  We hope to be ever aware that our Lord is here with us—always knocking, always searching for those boys and girls who will open the doors to their hearts.

For all of the blessings God has bestowed on our School and on each of us, and for the constant love and direction of St. Therese of Lisieux and her newly-canonized parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, the patrons of our school, we cry out, “To God be the Glory!”  Because of Him and His great love, we as a School can say, “We look pretty good for our age!”  Happy 90th Anniversary, St. Therese Carmelite School! 

May God bless each and every one of you, 

Fr. Philip Sullivan, O.C.D.