Get insight and information from top Bishop Lynch High School leaders each month via both a president’s message and a principal’s message. These monthly columns will give you a glimpse into the what, why and how of the school.
The Dominican Order has a few mottos that capture their purpose and mission. The most frequently used are laudare, benedicere, praedicare, contemplare et contemplate aliis tradare (to praise, to bless, to preach, to contemplate and hand on to others the fruits of contemplation), and veritas (truth). Veritas is the motto for our school, Bishop Lynch, which was founded by Dominican priests, brothers and sisters. This motto for our school also is a root for one of the driving tenets of our mission statement’s call to students to “seek truth.”
In recent weeks, we as a society have been driven to confront the truth about systemic racism and deep divisions within our communities. As we seek solutions, we will embrace questions without easy answers, ones such as what it means for us to live our mission as a school that “promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community.” Additionally, we will explore how we must encourage student agency and amplify student voice as an integral part of the Bishop Lynch experience. Our path to seeking truth will not be a short and easy path, yet one that we must undertake together. Unquestioningly, education is a powerful antidote to narrowmindedness and our belief is that education happens best in communion with each other in communities that represent a complex global society. Students, teachers and mentors with the partnership with parents, alumni and the community must seek dialogue and remain committed to deep listening in order to set the path for a future without division and racism. In fact, the modern theological understanding of the word ‘dialogue’ is the pursuit of truth as a shared journey of discovery.
In these remaining days of the school year, I want to say to all the Friars, and especially our seniors: Congratulations! You have completed another year of your spiritual and educational journey at Bishop Lynch!
We humans love to take trips and make journeys. Making a journey is part of our being. Numerous artifacts, works of art, and literature affirm the idea that moving about is something that is ingrained in the human psyche. In schools, students “journey” from one level of learning to the next. Bishop Lynch graduating seniors will “journey” from the familiarity of their high school to a college or university setting. Even the Scriptures tell us that Jesus traveled from town to town as part of his public ministry.
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963