President's Message

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.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations." Matthew 28:19

In 2011, I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya with a group representing the Friends of Seattle Mombasa Schools. For the next ten days, I taught English to 8th graders in Ndavaya and ministered to the community with Fr. Gerald. While experiencing life without the comforts for which I was accustomed (no running water or electricity), I learned more about hospitality, teaching and the mission of the Church than in all my previous years working in ministry. I discovered how singing, dancing and more dancing can bring our faith alive. It was there I met Juliet Odera, who at the time, was working with the late Archbishop Lele of Mombasa. I think about that trip and those I met in Ndavaya daily! Was this experience an example of the commission laid out by Jesus in Matthew's Gospel?

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Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Torah and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

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Recently, I had the occasion to speak to a group of Filipino mothers on the merits of Catholic education, a function of my job whether at open house, regional nights, coffee with the president or after the 10am Sunday Mass. What made this conversation unique? They were skyping me from a hotel in downtown Manila at 1:00am PST in the morning.

Read more about Looking Forward

Our Lenten experience concludes with the journey to the empty tomb. News of the risen Christ reaches those closest to Him, then spreads to the greater community, taking us through the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles at Pentecost. The promises, the announced transformation, the newly defined mission; so our Catholic church begins.

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