Interior castles & cathedrals

my_outdoor_cathedralThe Master of Catholic Thought graduate program at St. Jerome’s University is much richer today.

It is richer because of the unique contributions of four wonderful people involved in the program since its inception in 2005.

Dianne, Anne, Ted and Andy will be the first students to complete the last of the ten-course requirement for this uniquely catholic graduate program.

Their individual gifts and talents have helped to raise the moral, intellectual and spiritual tone of the classes they have been involved in. Their collective catholic imaginations have forged an indelible stamp upon the ‘interior castles and cathedrals’ of the hearts and minds of their colleagues during the last few years.

A few memorable highlights of the journey taken with these outstanding individuals come to mind:  Andy’s powerful ‘My Outdoor Cathedral’ story during the uplifting Catholic Imagination course, Dianne’s expertise and wealth of experience in Canadian catholic health care, Anne’s moving personal journey involving her beautiful daughter and her relatively brave new diocesan adventure and Ted’s inspiring dream, rigorous intellect and insightful scientific knowledge.

These four friends all have one thing in common, their selfless commitment to family, community and the common good. They have modeled life-long learning, servant leadership and enriched, immeasurably, the lives of their fellow classmates and instructors. They now embark on the final stage of their noble scholastic journey – their master’s thesis.

I humbly submit a fitting excerpt from the writings of St. Teresa of Avila to take them home:

“Let nothing trouble you
Let nothing make you afraid.
All things pass away.
God never changes.
Patience obtains everything.
God alone suffices.”

Photo credit: Andy Burns

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