ORLANDO | A Mass of Thanksgiving concelebrated by Bishop John Noonan, Holy Family parochial administrator Father Martin Nguyen, and other clergy marked the 25th anniversary of Holy Family Catholic School, Sept. 1. Serving all 25 years as principal, Sister Dorothy Sayers, M.P.F., beamed as she took in the church packed with students, teachers, and alumni – the lifeblood of the school’s Catholic foundation.
The school first opened in 1996 with an Early Education Center and more than 600 students in grades Pre-K through eight. A family gym and fitness center appeared the following year. Holy Family won its first Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. government in 2006. In recent years, staff added a STEM lab.
As part of the Religious Sisters Filippini, an order devoted to education, Sister Sayers quoted the order’s foundress, “Would that I was in every corner of the world to cry out to all, love God, love God.” She finds joy when children reflect this love and honor the Holy Family. “We offer the children the opportunity to use the gifts God has given them… whether in sports, art, or music, I tell them use them for God’s honor and glory.”
“For 25 years, this school has received the gift of every student,” Bishop Noonan said. “Each is a gift from God. God made you and He loves you.” He reminded them to continue growing, not just academically, but spiritually in their hearts.
Offering their gifts of gratitude, students presented symbols of their devotion: an image of Jesus, a statue of the Blessed Mother, the Holy Bible, a school banner, and uniforms.
Father Nguyen noted, “For the past 25 years, under Sister Dorothy’s leadership and care, the school community has provided generations of children with a wholesome Catholic education. It is my hope to assist Sister to continue this mission and support our students and staff to achieve their potential. More importantly, it is my hope that every child who walks through our gate will get to experience, not only an environment for academic excellence, but also a place where Christ’s love is taught and exemplified.”
Sister Sayers added, “What keeps the school so beautiful is the smiles of all the children. They are so joy-filled. I have a lot to be grateful for.”
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic, September 1, 2021