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.
In this case, my reflection on service this month calls to mind the image of service as a way of preaching the Gospel in a secular world. St. Dominic recognized that we show God to others by how we are and how we act as people. This commitment to service is as essential to the formation of the whole student as is our curricular and extra-curricular activities.
In this month of November, we recall the lives of many among us who have been called into a great service to our country through the recognition of Veteran’s Day. There are many current parents, past parents and alumni who have shown a tremendous example of answering a call to service for the good of our nation and communities. I am personally thankful for the service of our veteran Friars who have chosen to live out the mission of Bishop Lynch through service as military men and women and first responders.
These examples of sacrificing and sharing one’s talents for the common good are modern-day examples of the call of all Christians. This call is echoed in the work that we undertake now to ready this next generation of leaders at Bishop Lynch. We are called to a recognition that each of us has a unique mission to fulfill in this world and that this gift of existence is to be shared for the good of all. I am honored to live among living examples of courage and integrity in the lives of our veterans and first responders.
Finally, I am reminded that the call to service is not only a gift to others in our midst, but in essence a gift to our Creator. At Bishop Lynch, we strive to cultivate a community where all are called to “Be who you are and be that well, to give honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork you are.” (St. Francis DeSales). Thank you for sharing your gifts with our community.
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