President's Page - May 2016

It’s spring in Minnesota!  Each day – almost each hour – brings with it new flowers, blossoms, greening grass, ball games, track meets, tennis and Frisbee matches, musicals (Little Women this weekend), concerts, art shows, sunny days on the links, sidewalk chalk, rhubarb, scallions, and a school schedule filled to capacity.

Friday May 27th is graduation day for the Class of 2016 – Cathedral’s 112th in the 131st year since its founding.  The Holy Guardian Angels Cathedral School featured a mish-mash of grades and ages of students prior to graduating its first grade #12 student, Emily Ladner, in 1905.

Please join our students and their families at 8 PM on Friday May 27th in the school’s gymnasium for the commencement ceremonies.  Scott Warzecha ’79 is the Distinguished Alumnus Speaker and will no doubt wow the capacity crowd.

We passed our accreditation tests with flying colors.  Three weeks ago we were visited by an external team of experts that scrutinized everything about us, from programs to finances, from facilities to fund raising, from leadership to the quality of teaching.  We were commended for being extraordinarily faithful to our mission and to our vision – and most of all for the ways in which we foster and experience community.  Cathedral has been continuously accredited since 1920 – first by the University of Minnesota and more recently by its successor organizations.  For the first time ever we were also evaluated comprehensively on The National Standards for Effective Catholic Schools – and we scored high.

The most notable thing about accreditation is the independent seal of approval that certifies Cathedral has a culture focused on the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.  It doesn’t mean we’re perfect, that’s for sure, but we are earnestly in pursuit of it.

Here is the latest on The Campaign for Cathedral – its Students, its Faculty, its Facilities, and its Future:  Bob and Kathy Lahr have now sat and visited with seventy-four (74) different people (couples/ organizations).  Our goal is to complete no fewer than 200 visits by October 1st of this year.  So far we have certified commitments of ~$7,100,000 toward our goal of $16,500,000.  Will we achieve success?  It is up to you.

We thank and send best wishes to two of our people who will retire at the end of this school year, Ellis Scheevel and Peggy Krull-Bordewick, both math teachers.  We’re thrilled to have already recruited their successors as well as a new teacher of English and an outstanding assistant principal, Todd Van Erp.  At the time of this writing we are fully staffed for next year as we anticipate another enrollment increase and a terrific year #132.

Though school ends in a month we are still open and busy during the summer.  We have camps, special events, Reunion Weekend, prospective new students and their families, new student orientation, and dozens of summer maintenance projects – as well as the deep cleaning of the entire campus.  We are closed only on July 4th; come for a visit and a cup of coffee any other day.

Bountiful blessings!

Michael A. Mullin

P.S.  Our A Celebration of Seasons family reunion event on Saturday evening was a big success as it brought together hundreds of people from the Cathedral family.

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