SOME THOUGHTS FROM OUR FACULTY AND STAFF ON THIS FRIDAY OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
DEACON ANDY NEU
Frankly, I minister here at Marist because I was sent here to do so. Always open to where Christ wants me to be and to what He wants me to do, I came here to assist the Brothers in their mission. Years ago, the Brothers generously shared their gifts and talents with me, and continue to do so to this day. Now I get to give something of me back to them… and with them, advancing the mission and vision of Champagnat.
I am a Catholic school teacher by CHOICE, because I cannot imagine being in a classroom without the ability to acknowledge the presence of God with my students on a daily basis.
I am a teacher at Marist through the grace of God. Becoming and being a part of this faculty is one of the very greatest blessings in my life and I am so grateful for it.
Working at a Catholic Marist school has always elevated the idea of “work” and given it greater purpose. It has helped strengthen my own spiritual life and given me a place in the long history of the Brothers’ charism and devotion to Mary.
I am a Marist and Catholic School Teacher because our foundational goal is to educate students in love and faith. These principles inform who we are and how we live our lives. To share that with students is the greatest gift and treasure.
For me, to be at Marist is to be in the company of those who “lift the lantern” to bring light and hope to our students and show them the way to the heart of Jesus and Mary where they are fully known and deeply loved. And then we rejoice as we watch our students become light and hope for the world.
The most wonderful part of working at a Catholic school for me has been the ability to pray with and share my faith with the students in my counseling group when they are at their darkest moments. For at those moments I have discovered that no matter how good my counselling skills are, only the trust in our Father can help to ease their suffering, a gift that my counterparts in the public forum can never possess.
It’s a pleasure to work with the young men and women of Marist who are full of energy and stories to tell of their day. They seem to have a genuine love of the school from the time they come in and even when they leave. It’s always great to see our Alumni come back and tell us of their successes.
I am a faculty member at Marist because of our Mission that focuses on meeting the academic and spiritual needs of those that are least favored. St. Marcelin’s biggest fan.
I work at Marist, but never have I looked at this as work.
I make money as an educator at Marist, but it is in the educating that we teach young people not to care so much of money. I graduated from Marist and that is why I want others to have as wonderful an experience as I had many years ago.
Marist is special to me because I learned how to be humble, prayerful, grateful and confident here.
Finally, I lead because I am Marist. I nurture because I am Marist. I give because I am Marist. I am who I am because of Marist!
Teaching at Marist High School means not only a wonderful and satisfying career, but also an equally gratifying life because the Marist charism infuses everything you are, everything you do and hopefully, everything you project.
To me, working at Marist is more like a vocation than a job.
What speaks volumes about Marist and my job is that I enjoy coming to work every day to interact with the students and collaborate with my colleagues. Marist is my second home – and many days, my first home
I teach at a Catholic school because it’s a safe place where I can practice my faith and be a witness in my science classroom. I teach here because I know that I can be supported by a community of believers.
Marcellin saw education as including the whole person not just the academic side and that is what sets us apart as Marist educators. He believed all students should be loved and loved equally a concept that was ahead of his time as most of the world struggles with equality even today.
The most obvious answer is where on earth can I work with people like I do at Marist? People who lives their Marist faith each day and lead by example. People who never close their doors to anyone - adult, students, friends.
People who embody St. Marcellin and our Good Mother each day. Friends, confidants, colleagues.
As a product of Catholic education, I have had many people in my life that have modeled their Catholic faith and values to me through the years. Ever since I was given the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful Catholic Marist community, I have been more aware of my purpose in life. Marist has not only allowed me to share my witness, but, more unexpectedly, has given me constant opportunities to continue to learn lessons in my faith from the wonderful students and faculty here. As we work to make Jesus Christ known and loved, I believe (hope and pray) that we ourselves are coming to further know and love Jesus Christ through Marist.
I feel that all of us at Marist are of service to make Jesus Christ known and loved. This includes the parents and students that are struggling to afford a wonderful Catholic Education.
We look at individual financial cases asking what would Marcellin do in each financial situation? The least favored is a reality that we face each and every day and one that we won’t/can’t ignore. Begin a Catholic is recognizing the fact that we all have an opportunity to impact the least favored every single day.
Catholicism reminds me that we are teaching more than Shakespeare and arithmetic; we are laying moral foundations and creating things bigger than ourselves. I often need to remind myself of Marcellin's ways when I am feeling impatient with a student or parent. Catholicism is part of my identity and my guide in life, and I hope that before the students leave here, they find something that helps them on their journey.
During my time as a student at Marist, I had countless teachers who, through their tireless effort to guarantee the success of every student, inspired me to go into education. When I graduated from college, I knew I wanted to return to Marist and be a part of this positive learning community. My goal as a teacher here is to demonstrate the same compassion towards my students as Marcellin did towards his.