Fifth grader Vivi Herber sketched a piece titled “Looking Out My Kitchen Window” for Brookewood's first Wonder Wednesday. We are looking forward to the upcoming Wonder Wednesday submissions!
Letter from Avalon Head of School, Kevin Davern
April 5, 2020
Dear Parents, Teachers, and Students of Avalon and Brookewood,
Mr. Richard McPherson, chose the Avalon motto, Duc in Altum—or “Launch out into the Deep”—the year before Avalon first opened its doors to students. Likewise, Mr. Joseph McPherson chose Nolite Timere—“Be not Afraid”—for Brookewood before it began. Both mottoes reflect the spirit of adventure, a hallmark of our vision of education.
But how do you balance Duc in Altum with shelter-in-place? As we finish the novelty-phase of remote learning and yet are still working out the small daily snafus, our daily routines seem to be the opposite of “launching out into deep water.” How can we “be not afraid” when we are given a daily dose of measures to protect us from the unseen though possibly omnipresent threat of the COVID-19 virus?
The answer is already present in the living tradition upon which Avalon and Brookewood were founded—a tradition they will continue to pass on. God is our Father, and our hope is in Him. We are not the first to find ourselves in situations that work against our long-term aims. Thomas Aquinas was imprisoned by his brothers for a year, which prevented him from receiving the normal doctrinal classes and ascetical training given to Dominicans starting their vocations. Yet, after his escape, he was found more than prepared. His study—always united with prayer—allowed him to progress as God the Father intended.
Upon realizing his call to the priesthood, a young man in Poland during the Second World War was unable to attend a normal seminary due to the Nazi occupation. He worked in a quarry during the daytime and had to study as best he could. Yet he did. That man, as you have likely surmised, was Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul the Great and the patron of our schools.
We can follow these examples. Rightly considered, with the spirit of adventure that is part of our schools, we can launch out into the deep while we shelter in place. Perhaps your Scylla is Netflix, and your Charybdis is the despair that comes from listening to the dire words coming from public officials. Or, perhaps your main trouble is simply a strong but swift current of boredom. In either case, the adventure—as always—is one of trying. And your audience won't be the fellow sailors who watched Odysseus navigate between Scylla and Charybdis, or even us readers who read Homer today, but God Himself.
Try to show initiative, to study, to use the time well. Offer these efforts to God, and when we don't struggle as we should, tell God you're sorry and start again. In an abundance of affection and mercy, Our Father (the best of Fathers) will make up for what our efforts lacked.
Best wishes for a grace-charged Holy Week and Eastertide.
Head of School
The Avalon School
Please note that Easter Break will be Thursday, April 9 until Wednesday, April 15. Classes will not be held Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday or Tuesday. Online classes will resume on Wednesday, April 15. This is in order to accommodate our plans and goals for remote learning.
Listen to the Stations of the Cross written by Croatian theologian and academic, Tomislav Ivancic.
Brookewood's Tara Boogaerts narrates the stations and meditations. Access the file here.
The Donut King is Still Open!
Hours have been shortened, but we are proudly still able to serve - for carry-out only. Delivery services are also available through third party companies - Ubereats, Grubhub, and Doordash (prices are slightly higher via these sites, due to fees).
Please order ahead by calling 301-949-3464, and we will be happy to prepare your meals for you to pickup! For store information, menu, and modified hours, please check our website: http://donutking.net.
Please click on the above picture to download Corcoran's full menu.
CATHOLIC DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES
TO CONSULT DURING THIS TIME Please click on the link to visit the resource
Magnificat - Magnificat is offering its daily readings for free at this time. Please click on the picture on this site to be redirected to the daily reading.
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