Letter from the Principal, February 16, 2018

Letter from the Principal, February 16, 2018

Violence seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that .  Martin Luther King Where to go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967). 

On the heels of yet another school shooting we are left once again to mourn the tragic loss of life and to contemplate why something so intuitively evil is now so random, and yet so predictable. Like many of you, when reflecting on the violence in Parkland, there were many thoughts going through my mind when I dropped my daughter off at the high school bus stop this morning. We simply cannot know what the future will bring. It is our shared faith that keeps us from despair.

Please know that along with the other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Joliet, we follow our safety protocol beginning with our fall safety drill. This year our lockdown procedure was witnessed by our D.A.R.E. officer, Officer McKay, as well as five of her peers from Lisle Police including Officer Rob Sommer, who has extensive training in preparing for, and responding to, school violence. Office Sommer has provided professional development for our staff at past faculty meetings and we anticipate that he will be able to share best practices in school safety with us again this year.

The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has a select list of resources on their website that focus on addressing the Parkland shooting with children. (

Havana Nights

The major fundraising and social event of the St. Joan of Arc School Year is almost at hand. Havana Nights is planned for Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 P.M. at the Carlisle in Naperville. This is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with the SJA school community and to bid on items ranging from dining with a sublime host, Fr. Gabriel, to vacationing at the beach of your dreams!

Thank you for supporting Catholic education,

Michael Sweeney

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