FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Dear Bishop DuBourg Family,
I thank Archbishop Carlson, Superintendent of Catholic Education Mr. George Henry, and Associate Superintendent for Secondary School Administration Dr. Robert Oliveri for their confidence by appointing me as the next President of Bishop DuBourg High School. I personally knew Floyd Hacker, the “Father of Bishop DuBourg,” from my previous tenure of duty as well as Tom Jokerst, who served eleven years as Principal after Floyd. I am sure I will have a much keener appreciation of their and Kirk Boschert’s service as an administrator after I am in the job for a while. I also thank our Board of Education for their confidence in my appointment.
Seven years ago I re-joined the DB Family when Archbishop Burke appointed me Vice President for Faith Formation. I had previously been on staff from 1987-95 as a teacher, coach, coordinator and campus minister. From 1995-2006, I was the pastor at St. Pius V parish on South Grand. Since 2006, I have immensely enjoyed my work in faith formation and advancement. Working with our Principal, Bridget Timoney, Kirk, and our campus ministers, Larry Driscoll and Sandy Leibrecht, and our Religion Department, has been very rewarding. I am also grateful to our entire faculty and staff for their cooperation with me in matters of faith formation.
I commend Kirk for his husbandry of our financial and physical resources at Bishop DuBourg during his tenure. Through various means, Bishop DuBourg has become more financially responsible. Also, significant capital improvements have been made: renovations of four bathrooms – by the gym and cafeteria, a new boiler, an eastern section of our roof, security cameras, and reconstruction of the doors and entrance to Ray Bayens’ Hall. He has befriended the Wednesday Night Crew and encouraged their talents to beautify our campus. He has worked closely with our Board of Education and encouraged our focus on enrollment and donor development. I have enjoyed his company as a colleague “in the trenches,” including a recent trip to Tupelo, Mississippi for a Habitat for Humanity project with eleven seniors. I am grateful, too, for Mary Ann’s participation in our mission through her attendance at various events and fundraisers as well as her willingness to permit Kirk to keep the crazy hours that being President demands.
Please pray for and contribute to the success of our mission at Bishop DuBourg which remains, “forming leaders in faith and service.” This mission of leadership in faith and service remains at the core for me, as a St. Louis Archdiocesan priest. Your prayer, attendance at events, and financial contributions are essential for us to achieve our mission. Although many challenges remain in enrollment, donor development and capital improvements at Bishop DuBourg and for Catholic education, especially in south St. Louis, with trust in God and faith in His Providence, we shall meet them and continue our mission to form “leaders in faith and service.” May God bless you, your families and the Bishop DuBourg Family.
In Christ Jesus, our Savior,
Fr. Mike Lydon