May June. We’re all so busy. Here is a quick and dirty mash-up of things of note for Ave Marians (and those who love us):
2. On Friday the Donahue Catholic Shamrock 8-man football team played a spring game. This was the first game since losing in the Florida state title game, and the first game playing without 12 seniors who were on that team. The boys won 20 to 14.
3. Our former neighbor and friend, the always compelling Joseph Pearce, gave a lecture in the UK on the delicious things about which he always writes and talks. AMU Classics and Philosophy professor Joseph Yarbrough was kind enough to draw my attention to the podcast of it. Pearce talks about the Second Spring, a reference to the Traditional Latin Mass, which he explains through a chain of references to Coleridge, Newman, Hopkins, Wilde, Chesterton, Belloc, Greene, Waugh, Lewis and Tolkein (are you hungry yet?).
4. The joy of having the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist here in town is temporarily tempered by the farewells that inevitably come each June when the Sisters depart for summer assignments. For some, the departure also marks the end of their assignment in Ave Maria, as it does this year for Sister Teresa Benedicta and Sister Mary Martha, who have been teaching at Donahue Catholic. Sister Teresa Benedicta has been teaching high school theology for the past five years, and next year she will be at a high school in San Francisco. Sister Mary Martha has been teaching in the grammar school for just one year, and next year she will be teaching in Peoria. Make sure you say goodbye and wish them well in their new assignments.
5. The new Maple Ridge neighborhood is filling in quickly. The first homes closed in May. And dozens more are under construction.
6. The founding headmaster of Ave Maria Grammar and Prep School, now called Rhodora J. Donahue Academy of Ave Maria, is Dr. Dan Guernsey. He has been with the Ave Maria Project since at least 2000. While serving as headmaster he has also been working to establish the Education department at AMU. On Saturday, RJDA held a party to honor him and mark his transition from headmaster to professor. Hundreds of parents and students turned out to thank Dan and his wife Lisa for their dedication to the pursuit of excellence, truth, beauty and goodness. As part of that pursuit, Dan will continue to influence the debate about the tragedy that is the Common Core education standard and promote the Catholic core.
7. Curtis Martin and the new crop of FOCUS missionaries – all 500 of them – are here for the month of June. Over the weekend they invaded The Bean,
8. If you didn’t see the summer Mass schedule, go take a look.