In twenty-six years as an educator, teacher, coach in Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio, (and now high school principal at Royalmont Academy in Mason, OH---Praise God!) I have had the opportunity to walk the halls of many, many different high schools.
For me, whenever I entered a particular school, I felt it could talk to me. Some schools would assert, “Academics”. Others would scream, “Sports”. Yet, still others would confidently proclaim, “Excellence”. Frightfully, other high schools I would enter would shrug and say, “We don’t care”, or “ Learning is NOT a priority here”.
So, what did I hear, when I entered Royalmont Academy on August 23rd, 2016; the first day of the 2016-17 school year for our 46 high school students, you may ask?
I heard God.
What did He say, you may ask? He said,
“Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:21
Royalmont Academy has been founded for many different reasons to be sure, but make no mistake, top on that list is to teach our young people to be lovers of Christ, to serve God and to train HARD to become saints. And every school day here always consists in God speaking……. and us learning to listen.
So, on that first day, Father Kevin (LC) went from room to room, blessing each, sprinkling holy water and salt, burning incense and singing and praying. Deliberately, we were inviting Christ to be at Royalmont and to bless us with His presence.
And we are certainly blessed at Royalmont! Father Kevin or Father John (LC) are at school four days a week, celebrating Mass, and supporting our students and teachers. Miss Lorianne and Miss Kate (Consecrated) are available four days a week to give Spiritual Direction to students and teachers alike. Brother Vinh and Brother Thomas are also present and just as available.
Royalmont is unique for many reasons. But, probably, the biggest reason is the overwhelming presence of Religious that exude love, joy and service for God. God IS REAL and here is some of the evidence. People, like you and me that have decided to answer His call completely and share that call with others. What an honor and privilege to be called High School Principal at such a place.
We welcome all to come and visit Royalmont Academy and hear the call oneself.
God calling is the sweetest sound in the world.