About Appreciation

Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC, will be inaugurated next month as Saint Mary's 28th President. The inaugural celebration, focusing on community and core traditions, marks a new era for the College under his leadership. In a vision statement to the College community last November, Brother Ron urged that Saint Mary's explore, renew and deepen its Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions at every level of the institution. We've spent recent months exploring how to make this magazine more fully reflect those traditions.

Reflections on a Late Inauguration

Perhaps it's ironic that the inauguration took place nearly nine months after I took over the presidency. Even though I have no doubt that assuming the responsibilities has been very real from the first moment, the inauguration has brought a kind of ceremonial and emotional closure to a prolonged beginning... As a community we prayed, thought, reflected, talked, listened, and played.

Faith and Science

God Vs. Science, a Memorial Forum

Last February’s campus forum “God vs. Science—Are they really that different?” was the brainchild of Saint Mary’s student Katie Springer. When Springer died in a car accident last year, her friend Savannah Pronovost vowed to make the event happen.

Giving Orphans a Voice Through Pictures

Story by Allyson Wiley

Inspired by the Lasallian tradition of service to care deeply about the world around her, Wiley traveled to Zimbabwe last year to photograph children at an orphanage outside of the capital city of Harare.

Notes to Sixth-Grade Self

Story by Julie Orringer

Our Capital Gaels

Story by Barry Shiller


Moving Forward

This issue commemorates the September inauguration of Brother Ronald Gallagher as the College's 28th president. Brother Ronald urged that Inauguration Week be a celebration of Saint Mary's Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts traditions. In simpler terms, he wanted the week to be about community, not about him.

Embodying our Traditions: The Inauguration of Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC

Story by Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC


On “much more of an Irish day than I would have expected,” Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC, was formally inaugurated as the 28th president of Saint Mary’s College of California, in a ceremony on the Saint Mary’s College Chapel plaza on September 23.