A Christmas Message to Faculty, Staff and Students,

With the beginning of Advent and the Liturgy of Lights last Sunday, we have arrived at the Christmas season. My thoughts always veer towards Bethlehem at this time. This year our College Christmas card comes from Bethlehem, with a representation of frescos from the Chapel of the Divine Child at Bethlehem University. This card is a reminder of the important international dimension of our Lasallian Mission and of the many personal connections between Saint Mary's College and Bethlehem. The joyful faces of the children also remind us that the well being of child and student are the heart and purpose of our mission. To see the card, click here.

I offer my sincere thanks to all for your efforts and activities throughout the Fall Semester or Quarter. This has indeed been a busy time, with a multitude of activities and serious engagement in all sectors of the College.

Wednesday community time has been crowded, but it has been an overall good experience with a large variety of important and significant events and even a bit of relaxed time to spend together. This Fall we have been engaged in a period of significant planning to identify issues and make improvements in our curriculum, student life experience, communication, facilities, and overall collegial atmosphere, and I am thankful for the participation of a great many students, faculty, staff, alumni and board members in this process. We have more to do in January and the Spring to concretize our plans in these areas.

I will be traveling to Porto Alegre, Brazil in early January for a meeting of the International Association of Lasallian Universities. I will also take the opportunity to spend some time with Br. Mark McVann and his Jan Term students at their service project in Sao Paolo.

I look forward to seeing faculty and staff at the Christmas Party on Friday, December 8.

And, I hope that each of you has a happy and restful Christmas season and may the joy of the Divine Child fill your life.

Yours in Saint La Salle,

Brother Ronald Gallagher

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