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Message from our Principal

Bruce J. StewartPrincipal

Dear Parents,

I must begin this letter of introduction by sharing with you my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to serve you, the parents, as principal of Junipero Serra School. Truly, it is an honor and a privilege to join the Junipero Serra School Community and to share with you, the parents as primary educators of your children, the responsibility of educating your sons and daughters in faith, academic excellence, and service to others through the Gospel values of love and compassion.

At the heart of the ministry of Catholic education, is the belief that when experienced fully, Catholic education is a celebration of body, mind, and spirit. To be totally immersed in thought, creativity, and physical exercise, allows the human spirit to understand the wonder and beauty of God. Pope Francis writes, “Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus.”

As a Catholic educator, I will strive to integrate and infuse the teaching of specific subjects, such as math, literature, science, or social studies with our faith so that we can more fully proclaim the Gospel. Therefore, understanding and implementing God’s will becomes the core of our teaching and is the true beauty of Catholic education. When we choose to experience and enjoy a renewed esteem for beauty it can be as Pope Francis articulates, “a means of touching the human heart and enabling the truth and goodness of the Risen Christ to radiate within it.” To feel the joy and exuberance of all students as they study, learn, and play, whether it is here on the JSS Campus or in the spectacular beauty of nature that surrounds the school, is evidence of the goodness of the Risen Christ radiating from within. As the principal leader of JSS, it is my mission to inspire and to facilitate academic excellence through our faith, and to experience the beauty of God on a daily basis here at school through the belief that the face of Jesus can be seen in each and every student.

Additionally, it is my mission to motivate and inspire each and every member of our school community to participate fully in the life of the school and the parish. The potential of the JSS Community to far exceed academic expectations, and most importantly, to create faith-filled leaders whose contributions during their academic careers and their future professions, must be realized. Indeed, JSS graduates will provide significant and profound good in our society through their love of the Gospel as faith-filled leaders. As I join the JSS Community, I am personally inspired and motivated to grow our school by facilitating spiritual and academic growth in each and every child. By working together, we can and will, maintain the legacy of faith, academic excellence, integrity, respect, and service to others that has been the legacy ofJunipero Serra School.

It is my objective to create and nurture a collaborative environment that enables all parents to have an active and positive voice in their child’s education. I invite all parents to stop by the school office during the school year to meet with me to share your concerns, hopes, and dreams regarding your child’s education. During the school year, I have an open door policy and I welcome your visit at any time.

On behalf of the JSS faculty and staff, we look forward to a school year filled with the joy of learning and the celebration of our faith. Thanks again for the privilege of serving you.

Message from Fr. Paul

Fr. Paul P. MurphyPastor

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