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Powers Catholic High School offers a unique, quality experience for families who appreciate the value of a dynamic, faith-based education. We teach students, not subjects. We believe in God, family, and community. In all our endeavors we pursue excellence. We partner with students for their own personal growth and for the common good, and prepare them for leadership today and tomorrow.
A message from Bill Haley,
Genesee County Catholic Schools
In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 25-Feb. 7, may we celebrate our faith, knowledge and service together...
Catholic Schools - Building Hope
As a little boy in 5th grade, I clearly remember our pastor at St. Agnes School, Father Olk, coming on to the school PA during one morning in October (for the first time in my recollection) and informing us there was a possibility of a nuclear attack on the US by Russian missiles located in Cuba. Fr. Olk asked that we pray the rosary, seeking Mary’s intercession – which I did, but not until I first checked my Geography book, carefully analyzing the distance between the Cuban missiles and the manufacturing epicenter of our country at that time, my hometown, Flint Michigan. I also recall that during the next few days at school, based on my geographic research and information about the range of these threatening missiles (all gained without the benefit of Google), that while the other kids were running around on the playground I was covertly using the rosary in my jacket pocket. Maybe it wasn’t just JFK who prevented a nuclear war….
Nonetheless, even at an early age, Father Olk, the good Sisters of St. Joseph, the lay teachers, and most importantly my mom and dad had successfully taught me that no matter how confused or scared I was, there was always a place to go – a place where I could find comfort and hope.
Every generation has its challenges, clearly the 21st century is not the first time things looked like they could unravel – where changing or declining norms, natural disasters, and omnipresent man-created problems could portend potentially cataclysmic results. I was not the first kid to have some anxiety about current events. We had a huge piece of furniture that enveloped a 10-inch black and white TV with three channels – with today’s technologies, the opportunities for young people to become confused and anxious have increased exponentially. Too often, we see children (of all ages) choose cynicism and despair as very poor, sometimes destructive second choices to choosing hope.
Some five decades after the Cuban missile crisis however, Catholic schools are still very much about that same mission – parents, pastors, teachers, staff and supporters partnering to provide a foundation of hope based on Truth. Napoleon said that, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Catholic schools are characterized by many attributes – academic excellence, safe and orderly learning environments, and a very high degree of parent involvement, but at their best, Catholic schools help students to develop hope.
Kids get it – we all get it - the world can be awful, and sometimes our own thoughts words and actions contribute to the awfulness. Too often we hear leaders stop after describing the problem and affixing blame. Real leaders don’t rely on scolding, or spin, or carefully crafted messages intended to distract us from our challenges and responsibilities. Real leaders are able to build a sense of hope – that problems can be overcome, that we can become better, that the world can become better, and that no matter what we always have a place to go to seek understanding, comfort and strength.
Every person who works and serves in Catholic schools is a leader - teaching, fostering and nurturing hope based on the knowledge that God loves us, enough to sacrifice His son Jesus, who promised to be with us at all times. Please pray for those who lead in our Catholic schools, thanking them for their most important service, and asking God to fill them with grace and strength for their work in forming a new generation of leaders, strengthened for their journey and grounded in the hope and promises of Jesus.
Grace and peace,