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SJF Spirit (Newsletter)

Posted on Feb 13, 2019

It will be four years this coming February when I first set foot into St. John Fisher School. Back then, I was finishing up my assignment as Vicar for Priests and was asked to consider becoming a pastor again. That process required that pastor-candidates identify a minimum of three parishes, visit them, and sit and chat with the pastor and staff. Several my friends suggested that I investigate SJF, and so I did. At the urging of one of those friends, I phoned Sister Jean before my visit, and she spoke enthusiastically about the parish and school. She insisted that I should stop by the school when I came to visit.

So, on that cold February day in 2015, I pulled into the parking lot not knowing what to expect. After chatting with the pastor for a while, he suggested that I should go and visit the school. We passed through the church while the 8th Grade was practicing for Confirmation -such a large class, I thought- and, they were all smiling! We walked through the school and all the students were -smiling! Even the teachers were smiling! The school had such a wonderful spirit to it. As I chatted with Sister Jean, and later, Dr. Chermak, faculty and parents were popping into the faculty lounge to say “Hi!” I walked out of that meeting asking myself “Why wouldn’t I want to be here?”

That same spirit carries on here today at St. John Fisher School. Under the firm and loving guidance ofour principal Mrs. Maura Nash, formed in our Faith by Dr. Elena Chermak, and educated and cared for by our exceptional faculty and staff, students continue to be encouraged and affirmed. They continue to grow in wisdom and grace, strengthened by the confidence that SJF is preparing these young Falcons for their futures. And, they continue to -smile!

Fr. Ken Budzikowski

Pastor, SJF