26 August 2008

First day back for teachers....

Today is the first day back from the summer from most of our teachers here are St. Catherine's. Beginning the day with an All Community Chapel Service with a wonderful homily given by our lower school chapel coordinator, Ms. Rives Priddy, the day continued with the introduction of new teachers and staff, and then into meetings for the rest of the day, and a "Portico Party" for faculty and staff and families in the evening. It was a great way to start the year off here at this great school, and it was great to see so many old friends (though I've only been here a year), and also to get to know some of the new wonderful people in this place.

Athletic practices continue, and the middle school sports began their preseason yesterday, and I snapped a couple of photos from the middle school field hockey team, practicing on the green just in front of historic Bacot Hall, one of the oldest buildings here on campus (and listed in the National Directory of Historic Places).

I also snapped a few photos from my spankin' new office up in Ellett Hall; a great office and a great view, I am grateful for the renovations that allowed for me to use this office in what used to be dorm rooms only a few short years ago.

Tomorrow, our meetings continue as we examine our Re-Accreditation process, as well as several other tasks to accomplish before we are ready for the students to arrive next week. These meetings are good, but many of us can't wait for the students to get here, after all, that is why we're here - for the students!


The Rev. Peter M. Carey

18 August 2008

The fields and courts are abuzz here at St. Catherine's School

It is the first day of pre-season practices for athletics at St. Catherine's, and the fields and courts and trails are abuzz with student-athletes, and coaches, and trainers all getting ready for the fall season. In addition, I have seen artists and dancers getting ready for the start of the year, and, of course teachers and administrators are working to get classrooms ready and lesson plans finalized before the start of school. There is a lot of positive energy around our beautiful campus this day, which marks the first "official" day that students are back for these activities. However, the summer has been an extremely busy one for those people who care for our campus, all of Bacot Hall has been vacated so that an incredible renovation project may commence, and those who take care of the grounds and buildings have been working diligently to care for this place. There is even a new "chiller" (huge A/C unit) in place to keep our spaces cool.

This is a great place to be, and a great time in a school community; the return of students and teachers, and the commencing of sports and arts and (of course) academics. I look forward to the year with a lot of positive Spirit and great anticipation. Enjoy these days of transition, and I can't wait to see everyone!

The Rev. Peter Carey

06 August 2008

The Feast of the Transfiguration - August 6

from James Keifer...

Feast of the Transfiguration 6 August NT

Today we celebrate the occasion (recorded in Matthew 17:1-8 = Mark 9:2-8 = Luke 9:28-36) on which Christ, as He was beginning to teach His disciples that He must die and rise again, revealed Himself in shining splendor to Peter, James, and John. Moses and Elijah were present, and are taken to signify that the Law and the Prophets testify that Jesus is the promised Messiah. God the Father also proclaimed him as such, saying, "This is my Beloved Son. Listen to him." For a moment the veil is drawn aside, and men still on earth are permitted a glimpse of the heavenly reality, the glory of the Eternal Triune God.

In the East, the Festival of the Transfiguration has been celebrated since the late fourth century, and is one of the twelve great festivals of the East Orthodox calendar. In the West it was observed after the ninth century by some monastic orders, and in 1457 Pope Callistus III ordered its general observance. At the time of the Reformation, it was still felt in some countries to be a "recent innovation," and so was not immediately taken over into most Reformation calendars, but is now found on most calendars that have been revised in the twentieth century. A recent tendency in the West is to commemorate the Transfiguration on the Sunday just before Lent, in accordance with the pattern found in the Synoptics, where Jesus is represented as beginning to speak of his forthcoming death just about the time of the Transfiguration, so that it forms a fitting transition between the Epiphany season, in which Christ makes himself known, and the Lenten season, in which he prepares the disciples for what lies ahead. Whether observing the Transfiguration then will affect the observation of it on 6 August remains to be seen.

written by James Kiefer