Dear Bishop DuBourg Family,

I have become re-energized by the mission of Bishop DuBourg since becoming President on July 1, 2013. As Kirk Boschert (2006-13), Tom Jokerst (1992-2003) and Floyd Hacker (1967-1992) so often stated: it is the people of Bishop DuBourg – students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and other stakeholders – who are the precious treasure of our mission. The people of Bishop DuBourg make all of our planning and efforts to educate our students and form disciples worthwhile, enjoyable and fruitful.

Our Faith Formation Team (FFT) recently completed an assessment of our faith formation program which can be found on our website. This assessment re-affirmed many of our efforts in Religion classes, campus ministry and maintaining a Catholic culture at Bishop DuBourg; it also pointed out some specific recommendations for improvement. Please read the abridged version (11 pages) or full version (117 pages) on our website. I am grateful to the entire team, especially Dr. Mike Bahr and his wife, Dr. Christine (Nauert) Bahr, DB ’76, who led the effort.

Academically, we continue to serve a wide variety of students. We pride ourselves on being a comprehensive school that can meet the needs of the academically gifted and those who significantly struggle with learning. Our co-ed makeup also enriches our diversity. This year, our Academy of Advanced Studies will induct 21 freshmen-to-be from the class of 2018. Chief Dennis Jenkerson, DB ’76, will be our speaker on March 13, 2014 for the dinner.

As Bishop DuBourg ventures into the future, we are examining ways to improve our gym roof, our technology infrastructure and services, science labs and endowment. Our Board and various teams are helping us discern ways to fund these improvements and involve our stakeholders in the process.

In Christ Jesus, our Savior,
Fr. Mike Lydon