The education of a child does not rest solely inside the walls of a classroom, nor is it limited within the confines of a school building or its campus. Rather, it goes beyond that—back to the child’s home and to wherever the child is at in the company of parents or delegated adults. Thus, the relationship between parents and teachers are crucial to the effective education of the child. Not only parents and teachers, but also other staff members, supervisors, and administrators must work collaboratively in order to be effective in this enterprise.
Choosing the right school is one of the important decisions parents can make for their teenage children. Choosing the right high school is important as it lays a solid foundation for post-secondary education and equips students with basic skills for life. Parents choose schools for a variety of reasons: location, program, quality of education, quality of staff, graduation rate and college admission rate, just to name a few. These are all important things to consider, but there’s one other factor that parents may want to consider in choosing a high school for their children: faith.
In this week’s blog, we will feature Fr. Ron Smith. Fr. Ron is a Capuchin friar of the Province of St. Joseph. For many years, Fr. Ron served at St. Lawrence Seminary as priest, confessor, and spiritual director. At present, he remains one of the spiritual directors on campus. He is also member of the Spiritual Life Committee. Fr. Ron’s contribution to the development of the spiritual life of our students at SLS is significant. I asked Fr. Ron about his background, his experience as spiritual director as well as what spiritual direction is and what its benefits are.