At the end of every school year our new Retreat Team selects a few options for the next school year’s theme. The entire student body then has the opportunity to vote on those selections and the winner is the theme we center our entire school year around. We’re excited to announce that the theme for the 2021-2022 school year has been chosen: “Stronger Together” from 2 Timothy 4:17. In St. Paul’s letter to Timothy, he says, “but the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.”
In his letter, St. Paul is corresponding with his friend about the trials of his imprisonment and encourages Timothy to not lose focus of their mission. After his conversion, St. Paul was sent to preach the Gospel and convert all peoples to Christ. St. Paul took particular care to preach to Gentiles. His unwavering commitment to the Gospel, attention to the forgotten, and tenacious spirit to preach to those on the periphery are just a few reasons we have chosen this passage from the New Testament to guide our year.
Just as Jesus needed Simon of Cyrene to help Him carry His cross and St. Paul needed his companions to help him make it through his missionary trials, we recognize that we all need to accept a helping hand once in a while. And in turn, be that helping hand to others! That is why, for the 2021-2022 schools year, we will be Strong Together as we learn together, serve together, and grow into the people God created us to be—TOGETHER!