News Archive

2019

  • November

    “First Choice” in Logistics

    Previous articles in Friar Facts have discussed two of the three main areas of school operations, namely, student formation and academic formation. Using a “first choice” lens for these areas means that the faculty and staff at Bishop Lynch have the privilege and responsibility of providing an overall formation for each Friar that is worthy of the trust that families have placed in us. The third component of school operations, falling under the leadership of Mr. David Cogswell, is logistics. When we think of logistics, we think of the practical and often unseen aspects of education that “make the trains run on time.”
     
    Maintaining a “first choice” lens for school logistics preserves a commitment to a culture of excellence and is essential to the vitality and sustainability of our school. The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools notes:
     
    When a school does not maintain standards for operational vitality, the continuation of academic excellence is in grave jeopardy. Over time, even an academically rigorous school with strong Catholic identity will not survive without operational vitality (27).
     
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  • Answering the Call: Honoring Our Dominican Heritage of Service

    “Be who you are and be that well, to give honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork you are.”
    -St. Francis DeSales-
     
    An integral part of the formation that takes place at Bishop Lynch is the commitment to service for the good of others. As the development of students progresses throughout the high school years, there are increasing opportunities to gain an appreciation for the sharing of oneself and one’s subsequent talents.
     
    This focus on service is rooted in the tenets of our faith and especially linked to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, as our mission statement reminds us to recall. The four pillars of Dominican life are prayer, study, community, and service (preaching). Known as the Order of Preachers, the Dominican charism shapes the framework for formation here at Bishop Lynch.
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  • October

    Catholic Education: In Pursuit of Truth

    In last month’s column, I discussed the implications of a “first choice” perspective for student formation at Bishop Lynch. Every aspect of a student’s experience at BL is reflected in the accountability chart that is available for viewing on the school’s website at www.bishoplynch.org/strategicplan (pages 5-8). Reflective of the school’s commitment to its Dominican heritage, the “first choice” lens applies to a student’s academic formation as well. This academic formation occurs through the cultivation of critical thinking skills, acquisition of knowledge and wisdom, and love for the pursuit of Truth (“Veritas”). Leadership for the academic program at Bishop Lynch is provided by the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Mr. Randy Becker.
     
    This past Sunday, the Church celebrated the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman, a key figure from the 19th century who provides for us meaningful insights about what it means to pursue learning in a Catholic high school like Bishop Lynch. Newman was an Anglican theologian and priest who lived from 1801-890. In 1845, Newman converted to the Catholic faith and was appointed a Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in 1879. Cardinal Newman was widely recognized for his writings and wisdom, even during his own time in the English-speaking world.
     
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  • Why Come Home for Homecoming?

    Let me share with you some thoughts about why Homecoming is such an important event at Bishop Lynch. Far from the glamour and glitz of crowning Homecoming queens, wearing mums, dancing the night away in the gym, and the bright lights of Friday night (football, cheer, band, and brigade), there is an essential piece of our mission that contains aspirational hopes for an experience of formation that will last well beyond the four years spent in the halls at 9750 Ferguson Road. Bishop Lynch is a place to call home.
     
    Even though homecoming for our current students is important and downright fun, our Catholic school seeks to develop a community that is intended to last beyond the here and now. We are called to form disciples who are prepared to tackle college, career and heaven. This is where our alumni enter the picture.
     
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  • September

    First Choice For Student Formation

    In his article last week, Mr. Rebuck offered a reflection on the philanthropic implications of the vision for Bishop Lynch to be a “first choice” Catholic high school. The support of the community, both within Bishop Lynch as well as outside, is vital to the success of our mission. The faculty and staff are committed to the formation of the hearts and minds of young men and women who walk the halls of BL, and their work is supported by the work of a community of people who enthusiastically share this commitment.

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  • Season of Giving

    The kickoff of the school year is now official as we welcome in the first full month of convening as a community to fulfill the vision and mission of Catholic education. Last month, in his principal’s column, Dr. Riley called us to reflect on an essential part of our journey as a Catholic school, our vision of manifesting God’s call to seek the greatest good. Our vision at Bishop Lynch is that:

    Bishop Lynch High School will be the First Choice for students and families seeking a rigorous Catholic Education based on Gospel values and excellence, through a comprehensive Academic, Arts, and Athletic experience aimed at educating the whole child.

    Together with our mission statement, this vision provides us with the opportunity to continue to build toward a new margin of excellence. Vision and mission are so central to the life of all of God’s people that without vision we perish and without mission we lose our way (Prov. 29:18; 2 Kings 21:1-9). Vision brings together needs and resources to meet those needs (Acts 9:1-19). Vision also shows us new directions and opportunities for our mission (Acts 16:9-10).

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  • August

    Welcome Back to School

    At each student orientation this year, I discussed a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I emphasized to the students the second part of this passage, pointing out that we have all “been called according to his purpose” to be here at Bishop Lynch at this specific point in time. All of us, students, parents, faculty, and staff, have been called to be here together, in community, right now, for the sake of these young men and women. This call to journey together is profound, having originated from the Lord.
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  • Welcome Back to School

    Welcome back to Bishop Lynch for the 2019-2020 school year. I am hopeful that the summer months have provided respite and relaxation for all of our students and families. Our faculty and staff have certainly recharged and are ready for the upcoming journey through this special time in our lives to walk with our students on their journey to college, career and Heaven.

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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