On May 24, 1844 the first telegraph message was sent between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. Samuel F.B. Morse communicated with Alfred Vail, sending and receiving the same phrase, “What hath God wrought?” A more modern translation would be “Look what God has done!”
At my first tour of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School, I thought of this phrase and the historic accomplishment that was now happening. “Look what God has done!”
Upon being named Interim President, I took another tour, this time right here on our website, reviewing the biographical information of our faculty and staff. When I finished, the same words again came to me. “Look what God has done!”
SMA, as we call it, is a special place. Built on the wonderful legacy of great schools: Archbishop O’Hara High School, St. Mary’s High School and De La Salle High School, we are able to provide a cutting-edge educational experience built for the 21st Century while firmly anchored in the heart of our Catholic Faith.
Our mission statement says it all. Through Jesus Christ, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School calls young men and women to embrace their God-given gifts in order to KNOW TRUTH, LOVE GOD, AND SERVE OTHERS as His brave and humble disciples.
Jesus taught his disciples on the Mount of Olives, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (Jn. 8:31-32).
At St. Michael the Archangel, education is more than gaining knowledge of data and details; it is about truth. While facts and information are skillfully presented but they are also formed within a Catholic worldview. All academic disciplines, in so many ways, lead us to God, who is the author of all truth. Thus, our vision is to form the young men and women here as “heroically virtuous disciples by daily living encounters with Jesus Christ.”
When Jesus was asked which of all the commandments was the greatest, he quoted the words of Moses from Deuteronomy 6:5, saying that this was “the first and great commandment.” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
The Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is truly the centerpiece of our school, not just geographically but spiritually. Here, the sacraments of the Church are offered, particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation. We begin and end our school day with prayer, offer times for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and give the students opportunities for organized retreats.
Our Lord went on to add a second commandment. Quoting from Leviticus, he said, “…and the second commandment is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)
Just as the cross has a vertical and horizontal beam, so our love for God must always incorporate a love for our neighbor. Students not only learn about the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, but they put them into practice through our Christian Service Program. Each year, a student offers 25 hours of service, linked to a corporal work of mercy with an approved agency. Through this experience, our young men and women learn responsibility, exercise a level of leadership and gain an expanded worldview as well as a heart for the less, the lost and the lonely.
For prospective students and parents, visiting our site, we are so glad you came to look around! This can become the first step toward what we believe can be a great educational and spiritual adventure. There is an old commercial that says, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This is so true but a heart is a terrible thing to waste as well. Through a thoroughly Catholic Education, we know that both can thrive. We invite you to come and see why St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School is the place to be. Go Guardians!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Randolph Sly