Letter from the Chair (Oct. 2019) Featured
I would like to extend greetings on behalf of the Board of Directors.
It was on November 9th, 1919 that the Ursuline Sisters of Bruno held the grand opening celebration for the newly built Ursuline Convent. One might picture that it was a beautiful fall day, with a jovial crowd filled with high expectations for the future of the school. The Ursuline Sisters, many of whom are laid to rest in the nearby cemetery, must be very pleased that their legacy continues to this day.
We have many reasons to celebrate this 100-year anniversary. Indeed, this year’s student enrollment is the highest ever. I believe this is a direct result of our extremely dedicated and exceptional staff. They consist of teachers, tech/media support, food preparation, administration, maintenance, and dedicated volunteers. Their tasks, as rewarding as they might be, are not always easy. Each person offers a unique skill set, which is essential for the function of the school, and we are grateful to each and every one of them. We have been blessed by the strong leadership skills of Vicky Serblowski, as our Executive Director. Likewise, Jim Anderson, as Director of Faith Formation, continues to be instrumental in the success of the formation program.
Bishop Mark accepted his appointment to the Saskatoon diocese in 2017 and the students captured his heart after only one visit. Thus, he has been making a point to visit as often as possible. The strong support of the Bishop, along with his advice and encouragement, has been most welcome by our board, the staff and, especially, the students.
Financially, the school is on solid ground. The building is, however, 100-years-old, so repairs and maintenance are ongoing. Planned maintenance is always better than soliciting emergency funds for unforeseen building or equipment failure. Thus we are very grateful for the continued support of our donors and patrons. You are essential in keeping the institute viable, since tuition fees alone could not possibly make up for this funding.
Finally, we are very grateful for the support of parents in entrusting us with your children. This is something that we take very seriously and every commissioning has been a heart-warming endorsement of the work we do as a volunteer board.
Our purpose is to form disciples, who live out the teachings of Christ and His Church through the spirituality of St. Therese. This would be a daunting task if not for the love and support you have all shown for this little school in Bruno. That is indeed a blessing!
The legacy of the Ursuline Sisters has been a journey lasting one hundred years. However, the journey has not always been easy or direct. Yet, it seems, the calming hand of St. Therese is at work here in Bruno. So, it is with great confidence and joy that we will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Ursuline facility. We hope to see you all in Bruno on November 9th.
Yours In Christ,
Kevin Pulvermacher – Chair of the Board
St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission
October 25, 2019