A Word from Mr. Nunan
Aspire not to have more, but to be more. (Archbishop Oscar Romero)
At two recent assemblies we were treated to two wonderfully inspiring presentations.
On Monday, Mr. Darol Ware, our multi-talented Director of Technology, offered a reflection on Black History Month: https://youtu.be/knIic3M7Rsc.
Weaving together the origins of this celebration with personal reflections on his connection, as a person of color, to black history, Mr. Ware demonstrated why this is so important for all of us. Highlighting the legacy, tradition, power, and impact of black history is essential to understanding the history of our own country, he noted; it is especially vital to honoring the rich, unique culture and contribution of black people who had their African history stripped from them as a result of slavery.
Perhaps the most moving and touching moment of the presentation came when Mr. Ware showed a slide with a “last will and testament” written to a John Baker, listing the many slaves that Mr. Baker was now inheriting… including Orum and Mary. Mr. Ware then shared that Orum and Mary were the grandparents of his grandparents; Mr. Ware is the grandson of the grandson of a slave. We were all so taken aback…and so moved. And we are so blessed to have Mr. Ware in our SJP Family. Please take a few minutes to view his amazing presentation.
Last Friday, Ms. Gabriel and the Campus Ministry Team put together an extraordinary program celebrating some of our service programs: Service Assembly Video.
Highlighted during the assembly were the multi-faceted Service to the Dear Neighbor Program, the Christmas in the City event, the Camden, NJ Service Trip, and the upcoming Haiti Immersion Trip. Students offered powerful and poignant reflections on what they learned—on what they gave and gained—from their diverse, often demanding, and always rewarding experiences. From calling bingo for the Sisters of St. Joseph at Bethany Health Care to playing games with Boston’s underprivileged children at Christmas in the City, from preparing meals at the Allston-Brighton Community Center to tutoring children at the Jackson-Mann School, our scholars made a difference. Watch the video… and be inspired.
Finally, as I listened to their words—words of hope and promise, of sacrifice and selflessness, of challenge and discomfort, of gratitude and thanksgiving, of maturity and growth, I could not help but observe that these young women and men are living authentically and beautifully the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph—serving (and seeing) all persons without distinction, entering into relationship with those who need them most, striving always to create a world where all may be one.
And they certainly embraced Romero’s words, words emblazoned on the backs of the tee shirts from the Camden trip: Aspire not to have more, but to be more.