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October Principal Letter to Families

October 01, 2019
By Gabriel Jakubisin

Dear St. Joan of Arc Families,

In a turn of phrase I’ve heard a lot in the last few months, it’s not that the school has a mission, but the mission has a school. Our “mission statement” at SJA is a reflection of the “mission statement” of the Church, instituted by Christ, which is actualized in this school. It’s His mission, Christ’s mission, which incarnates as a school here at 5950 Heatherdowns Blvd.

It’s in this sense that we imitate the historical St. Joan of Arc herself and call ourselves Warriors. St. Joan of Arc devoted herself entirely to the will of God, even to the point of sacrificing her life. A quick Google search reveals that a warrior is “a brave or experienced soldier or fighter”. St. Joan of Arc was a soldier and a fighter in the military sense, but she was also a soldier and a fighter in the sense of total obedience to God. As a Catholic school, we don’t recommend fideism, which can result in a sort of unhealthy “blind obedience” which may or may not be actually following God. Rather, we promote the use of faith and reason together. When we ask our students to become Saints, Servants, and Scholars, we ask them to use their minds and hearts to be fighters for God, for others, and for Truth.

Our mission, then, is the same as Christ’s mission. Christ came, not as a zealot, but as a man willing to give everything for God, others, and the Truth. In fact, many of his contemporaries were frustrated that he wasn’t the kind of fighter they wanted, that he was unwilling to overthrow the Romans. His disciples realized he was a fighter in a different sense. As men and women today, we can be Warriors with that same willingness to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to serving God, others, and Truth with both our faith and our reason.

Just a little reflection on our school identity as we enter October! As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or my staff with any concerns. And thank you for entrusting SJA with your children’s education and formation!

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!
Go Warriors!

Gabriel A. Jakubisin
SJA Interim Principal