Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Oh, what a day!

There was no class on this in the seminary. Shortly before 7:00 am this morning, the maintenance man from St. Mary's came over to tell us that a stream of water is flowing from our property unto, and down the hill of Hartwell Avenue. You guessed it, we had a water main break!

Once the plumbing contractor was able to reach the buried pipe, the hole just filled up. The water to the entire school building would have to be shut off to assess the extent of the problem and to make needed repairs. In the wonderfully succinct outlook of a trained professional, the contractors indicated that the water could be off "for one hour, or for eights hours." Who knows?

In what the students might think my greatest executive decision to date, Dr. Schmitt and I agreed that given the circumstances had to be closed for the day. Nothing else could be done. Sadly, this second such break in the last few years goes to show the ongoing needs we have in maintenance and capital updates.

St. Vincent Ferrar, the patron saint of plumbers, pray for us.

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Vocations Awareness

Before we closed school today, as part of Catholic Schools Week, we had were hosting a vocations panel for the junior level theology classes.



Addressing the students about the call to lives of ministry were, Fr. Jim Lobacz, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Postulant Pam Peasel, a postulant to the Franciscan Sisters of Charity, Sr. Mary Ann Spanjers, vocations directress of the Franciscan Sisters, and Deacon Scott Campbell, a permanent deacon at St. Williams Parish.
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Scheduled to have come later this afternoon was Deacon Luke Strand, a transitional deacon who will be ordained a priest for the archdiocese next May. It is sad that this event was cut short. Don't worry, it will be rescheduled for sometime in February.
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Let me note at this time that when I was meeting with the Archbishop and the CMH Board about coming here as president, I wrote for myself a list of numeric goals. I had a number for what I want to see someday in our endowment funds; I have numbers for enrollment and annual fundraising; most importantly, at the bottom of my list is a "1". Simply put, a school as large and a vibrant as CMH should be able to produce at least one vocation to priesthood or religious life out of every graduating class.
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Pray that I meet this goal, along with all the others.

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