As the president of Kennedy Catholic High School, I am super lucky to have a schedule that allows me to occasionally work within city government, to have lunches with prospective partners and to even meet with State lobbyists in Olympia, advocating for support of Catholic education. Sometimes, my schedule includes traveling internationally in search of the perfect Lancer families.
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.
It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do will it. Be made clean." And the leprosy left him immediately. Luke 5: 12-14
In August of 2004, I presented our faculty and staff with a summary of our accreditation goals and, with their support, laid the foundation for a work plan that would guide Kennedy Catholic High School for the next six years. This established the common practice of generating an annual school improvement plan to anchor us to the ethic and practice of continual improvement. In 2011, the 2020 Vision was born; the strategic plan which has guided us to Verso L'Alto! Verso L'Alto! is our patron, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati's favorite saying (meaning To the Heights), and will be the title of the next strategic plan through 2025.
"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?
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."