When asked how we spent the summer, some will say they went to the beach or an amusement park. B.D. Religion teacher Amy Granato chose a slightly different vacation. She began by taking students for a week long service immersion trip to Nazareth Farm in Doddridge County. After a brief break, she was boarding an airplane with four B.D. students on the way to Poland as participants in the Classrooms Without Borders program. As if that was not enough, Amy returned to the U.S. and soon was on her way to Washington D.C. to participate in the Eileen Ludwig Greenland Bearing Witness Institute. At the Institute, she was asked by her peers to speak publicly and reflect on these experiences. Below is a video taken July 20, 2016, as she speaks at the Romanian Embassy in Washington, DC. Way to go Amy! We couldn’t be prouder!
The Bishop Donahue faculty and staff began the 2016-17 school year with a Marist led retreat at the Mount St. Joseph Retreat Center on August 8. The annual retreat was facilitated by Marist community members Maureen Hagan, BD’s own Br. Dan O’Riordan, and as a great surprise to all, former BD principal Br. Rene Roy.
The theme of the retreat was GATHERING at the TABLE. There was music singing, communal prayer, private prayer/meditation, small group discussion, pair sharing, and a ritual hand-washing ceremony. This same retreat will be offered to the other Marist schools across the U.S. as the most fitting way to kick off a new school year and the Marist Brothers 200th Anniversary year!
Upon completion of the retreat, faculty and staff are re-energized and recommitted to our students, parents, greater BD family & friends, and each other to make 2016-2017 a banner year for all! In the Marist tradition we strive to make Jesus known and loved and we continue our Bishop Donahue mission of “ENTER to learn Christ and EXIT to serve CHRIST!”