President's Page - June 2016

The inevitable feeling of melancholy is synonymous with June and with saying good-bye to one-sixth of our students.  This year it was 120 of them.  Scott Warzecha’s speech to the Class of 2016 was unparalleled as it struck an inspirational chord with each graduate and with each guest in the standing-room only crowd of about two thousand.  The rhythm here has switched to summer mode with dozens of students on campus each day for a variety of camps and classes.  The school-year schedule and its ubiquitous bells are silent for June, July, and half of August.

We are open all summer, except for July 4; come to campus for a cup of coffee.  If you phone ahead you might even get treated to lunch.  Reunion Weekend is August 12th – 13th – 14th.  We expect hundreds back to campus for a visit as we celebrate with alumni who graduated in years ending in one and six, though all are always welcome.  School gets rolling again in mid-August.

The Campaign for Cathedral continues strong.  We have completed ninety-four (94) confidential, face-to-face, sit-down visits.  From those visits we have received certified, written commitments for about $7,200,000.  We have about fifteen asks in process for another $5,500,000.  You can do the math if most of those respond with a yes.  You can also do the math if most or all respond no.  We do the asking, our alumni and friends to the responding.  This project and the future of Cathedral are in the hands of our best friends, those who have great affinity for Cathedral and who also have the capacity to secure our future.  We want you and we need you to be involved.

Soon a short film will be available to help us with our goal of reaching all 50,000 people within the Cathedral community.  The film communicates both the logical and the emotional reasons for your support.  I’ve seen the rough cut and you’re going to enjoy watching this again and again – it’s that good.  When it comes out please send it to all your family, friends, and associates.

Our self-imposed goal is to have visited face-to-face with at least two hundred people (couples/ organizations) who have the capacity to make six-figure and/or seven-figure (dare we think eight?!) gifts before October 1st.  This will have then been one full year since we started raising money.  We think this is enough time to complete the task – or to communicate back to you the regrettable lack of interest.  We do the asking, our alumni and friends do the responding.

Bishop Donald Kettler is solidly and enthusiastically behind this project.  He has sat with us to help communicate some of the invitations for leadership gifts.  Bishop Donald believes the best way to strengthen the Church is to strengthen the Catholic schools.  We agree.

At the risk of having you think we’ve succumbed to the superlative, A Celebration of Seasons was by far the best-ever:  Biggest crowd, biggest profit (~$85,000), most fun, best music, biggest fund-a-need, happiest volunteers, most number of students and staff involved.  Thank you for being a part of history.

We are enormously grateful to be associated with you and to be working with you for the future strength and stability of your school, our school.

Bountiful blessings!

Michael A. Mullin

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