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Monthly Reflections from President Mike Prato


This monthly Reflection Series is intended to provide readers with reflections on the Gospels that are relevant to our school events and activities and are spiritually up-lifting.

This past month, the consultant to our international program, Mariko Fujiwara, arranged for a trip to Korea with the sole purpose of reengaging with a country that at one time was strongly represented at Kennedy Catholic.

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When I was in eighth grade, I encountered my first youth group experience led by Fr. Dick Gallagher. Fr. Gallagher was all of 28 (we thought that was super old) and newly ordained. He was St. Bernadette's first ever youth minister.

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Exodus 90 was developed at Mount St. Mary's Seminary by Fr. Brian Doerr (the former Vice Rector of Human Formation) and young seminarians who, having been raised in a society enslaved to sin, longed for a more perfect personal freedom as they anticipated service in the Church.

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Mateo Messina '90, Grammy-award winning composer and recipient of the Alumni Distinction in the Arts Award, composed a piece for our 50th anniversary Kennedy Catholic Lancer Legacy awards,
entitled JFK, On Shoulders of Giants.

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I love the post-Easter readings from the Acts of the Apostles. Only a month ago, a fearful collection of men and women disciples were stunned at the loss of their Teacher (Jesus). To be sure, intellectualizing His teachings inspired faith and thus, belief in His resurrection, but this emptiness was immense. In time, the risen Christ reveals Himself to them, inspiring boldness where hopelessness and fear once resided. This, followed by ringing acclaim by Peter himself to the very group who a month earlier sentenced Jesus to death, is shocking. He went from liar to inspirer! How many were converted that day?

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