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Happy Spring

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Alfred (Rik) F. Dugan III

One should hear a little music, 

read a little poetry, 

and see a fine picture every day of their life, 

in order that worldly cares 

may not obliterate 

the sense of the beautiful 

which God has implanted in the human soul.

- Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

(The precept above lives framed on a wall in my office.) 


Dear Princeton Academy Community,

Happy Spring! Inspiration is all around us and “the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul” has revealed itself this week at Princeton Academy in a multitude of ways. 

How meaningful and divine it was to gather in person this week for our Resurrection Liturgy as One School so that we could emerge together with one heart, cor unum, into Spring renewed with the spirit of new life. What a blessing to be in each other’s presence in the presence of the Holy Spirit…

Sacred Heart Goal II, Criterion IV states that “the school cultivates aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination.” Bravo to our Middle School Gentlemen Scholar-Athlete Artists who joyfully gifted us with “a little music…a little poetry…[and] a fine picture” or two at this year’s Evening of the Arts. At Princeton Academy, all young men engage in the arts; they explore new passions and pursue with greater depth those they already love. This is what life is all about: bravely putting oneself out there to grow in mind, body and spirit; this is what takes place at Princeton Academy - joie de vivre!

Today, we celebrate Earth Day and we are mindful that Sacred Heart Goal III, Criterion IV states that “all members of the school community accept accountability for the care of God’s creation, practice effective stewardship of the earth’s resources, and work to alleviate the climate crisis.” I heard our poets at the Evening of the Arts leverage their voices in a call to action to care for the planet and alleviate the climate crisis. Our young men care deeply about this existential issue. They love and cherish their time outside in Nature. They are also accountable leaders. I know that as Children of the Sacred Heart they will devote themselves to this cause; we owe them our support.

With Resurrection comes new life, with new life comes hope, and with hope comes joy. I am so proud of our young men and so grateful to them for sharing their gifts with our world. Thank you, Gentlemen, for always reminding us what matters most.

With an enthusiasm,

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