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February 7, 2020

Dear Families,

If you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of Pope Francis. His dedication to the importance of human dignity, especially in our youth and the marginalized, no matter race or religion, is always at the heart of his message. Pope Francis recently launched the Global Compact on Education initiative. His goal, “to shape the future of humanity by forming mature individuals who can overcome division and care for our common home.” Also to develop “a new universal solidarity and a more welcoming society.” The first step in his initiative, “the courage to place the human person at the center.”

On May 14th, Pope Francis will meet with representatives from various religions, NGO’s, academia, and cultural and political leaders in hope for their endorsement. He says the meeting “will rekindle our dedication for and with young people, renewing our passion for a more open and inclusive education, including patient listening, constructive dialogue, and better mutual understanding.” I will update you later in the Spring after the meeting takes place.

It's both an exciting and scary time in education, especially Catholic education. Change is needed, and change can be scary. But there is much hope and excitement to have leaders like Pope Francis who aren’t afraid to pave new paths. Being “open to growth,” is central to accomplishing such a goal. It’s part of our mission at Butte Central to foster an environment where it’s okay to step out of one’s comfort zone and change, while always placing the human person at the center. It’s an intriguing time, and I am eager to experience where these new paths take us.

God Bless,

Paul