As we celebrate President’s Day weekend, I wanted to share with my readers just how essential President Lincoln and President Washington felt their mothers were. Washington’s words about his mother were as follows: My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am, I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. Lincoln’s words were briefer, but no less beautiful. All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
And that made me think…not just about our own mothers, but about the women who have supported the Mission of Saint Dominic Academy from 1878 to today. We owe our successes to the women who answered the call, who felt the flame inside of them, and followed in the footsteps of Saint Dominic to become Dominicans…preachers of his word, bearers of his light. We would not be where we are today at SDA without the guidance, kindness and support of the Sisters in Caldwell.
Yet, within the day to day hustle and bustle of the school year, we sometimes forget to reflect on just how they impact the lives of all they reach, in many ways. And so, I want to share with my readers a link to The Flame, which spotlights the good works of the Caldwell Dominicans. I call special attention to Sister Pat Hogan, O.P., featured on the cover, as she has tirelessly served not only the students under her care, but the young ladies of Saint Dominic Academy as a member of the Board of Trustees. I encourage my readers, take the time to read this magazine, and then, take the time to say a prayer of thanks for all that these women to do help shape the lives of those under their care. We are truly blessed with wonderful women at the “Motherhouse” in Caldwell and they deserve our admiration, praise and prayers.