From the Headmaster

A Thanksgiving Friday Thank You...

Headmaster Alfred F. Dugan III

An abyss of blessings must draw forth an abyss of gratitude, fidelity and love.
- Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

I feel so blessed to be a part of our soulful community, surrounded by wonderful people. This “abyss of blessings” which I feel in my core can only be met with one response: I am profoundly grateful. 
 
I feel blessed to be in a diverse community of individuals who care for each other with a Sacred Heart. I am grateful for our circle of family which contributes to our spiritual wholeness and has instilled gratitude into our way of being. 
 
I feel blessed to be with parents who believe in our mission and care for all of our boys as if they were their own sons. I am grateful for the boundless support, the presence and the generous donation of time that our families give. 
 
I feel blessed to be on a team with vision aligned educators who devote their entire being to developing young men so that they can be creative, compassionate and courageous leaders of a just society. I am grateful for my colleagues’ pursuit of our shared vision to lead a national reinvention of boys’ education for a new generation of enlightened men and for their love of each boy - ours is a work of heart. 
 
I feel blessed to work with and for a board of trustees who steward our founding mission with an open heart and think of each boy with every decision that is made for the future. I am grateful that our board thinks of each boy as they lead Princeton Academy into a thriving future.

I feel blessed to watch our alumni fulfill their mission in the world by contributing to society as good, caring men. I am so grateful when they return home to Princeton Academy to share their time with us. 
 
I feel truly blessed to be on a transformative journey with the young men of Princeton Academy. The spirit within these children of the Sacred Heart is our greatest hope; they make our hearts sing with joy, they give us purpose, they fill us with optimism for our future and they remind us of what matters most. They are the wind in my sails. I am so profoundly grateful for our boys. 
 
And so, I live a life full of “gratitude, fidelity and love” - how could I not?
 
This Thanksgiving, I will gather with my family; my heartfelt blessing for which I am infinitely and eternally grateful. We will gather around our dinner table, as we do every year, and we will give sacred thanks for all that we are grateful for. Please know that I will give thanks for you, our Princeton Academy community, whom I forever hold in my prayers. 

“Let the gratefulness flow into blessing all around you.” I encourage you to please take a special moment to view one of my favorite pieces of art: “Gratitude” - A Film that Connects and Inspires
 
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. 

With fidelity, gratitude and love,
Rik

Please take a mindful moment to watch one of my favorite representations of gratitude.

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