The welcome promise of Spring surrounds us at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Cherry blossoms and daffodils are abloom with the magnolias and dogwoods sure to follow. The busy activities that accompany the approaching completion of the academic year are filling our calendars too!
We began the year by moving into our new residence hall, Les Bois, as well as our new Barbara Doherty Dining Hall. It’s amazing how quickly each became a loved part of our campus. We are putting the final touches on the renovations in the Le Fer Hall Formal Parlor and it will soon be renamed in honor of a dedicated alumna. Our students have demonstrated maturity and tenacity in the academic and extra-curricular activities throughout the year. Woods Giving Day was a resounding success with a record-number of donors…..thank you! And these are but a few of the blessings that have been ours this year.
We continue to build and grow toward a strong future for new generations of Woods students. The challenges of a small, faith-based college are numerous and yet we remain convinced that our mission is a worthy one. High-quality academic programs that meet the evolving needs of students and that are intertwined with moral development and opportunities for virtue have been the hallmark of education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College throughout its existence. The formula was brought to us by our foundresses and the God that they loved. It is our backbone!
I write these words at the beginning of Holy Week. I am reminded anew of the great accomplishments that are born in sacrifice. This reality is woven into the fabric of our College and it inspires us even today. I am grateful to toil in a place that is founded in mission and that has been sustained for decades by those who were committed to the interweaving of knowledge and virtue and were willing to give sacrificially to be part of something bigger than themselves.
May God bless you richly this Easter with new blessings! May God bless our College with renewed commitment to our mission and students that we are blessed to serve.
Our need for virtue is greater than for learning.
Saint Mother Theodore Guerin