Every Spring, during the first weekend in April, The Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s University hosts an annual convocation. The purpose of the meeting is to preserve and promote the mission of Holy Cross education around the world. This year’s meeting was entitled “The Work of Each and Everyone.”
It was both eye-opening and supporting to gather with the other sixteen Holy Cross-sponsored high schools in the United States. And it was enriching to share with our peer institutions established by the Congregation of Holy Cross, who joined us from such faraway places as Europe, India, Africa, and South America.
A treatise by Blessed Basil Moreau entitled Christian Education, written by our founder in 1856 for “use by the Educators of the Congregation of Holy Cross,” served as an inspirational source for the meeting this year. Two very powerful sentiments emanating from Christian Education are:
“How we educate the mind will change with the times; how we cultivate the heart is and will remain timeless.”
“Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness.”
An excellent example of these two thoughts was the focus of a presentation by Mrs. Lisa Tortorich, the Principal of Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, CA. She walked us through the recent initiatives at her school that recognize how technology has allowed for a move away from the oral delivery of information to students arrayed in rows and rows of desks. The changes available to us now in our day incorporate technologies that allow teachers to address each student individually.
Here, at Holy Cross High School, Mr. Michael Donohue, Chair, English Department in conjunction with Mrs. Fei-Wen Pirovolikos, Director of Instructional Technology, guide and encourage all of our teachers to embrace these changes through the use of the Google Classroom. The 1:1 Chromebook initiative and a recent robust build-out of WiFi technologies allow Holy Cross High School to change with the times. The electronic delivery of classroom content on an individual basis, and the ability to create personal assessments, allow Holy Cross to bring each young person to completeness in fulfillment of the mission articulated by Blessed Basil Moreau over 160 years ago.
A Holy Cross High School education is a very valuable gift! Please come to campus at any time so I can share this gift with you.
Yours in Holy Cross,
Mike Truesdell, President