This has been an interesting time for the students, faculty, and staff at one of our country’s oldest Catholic mission schools. It’s hard to believe that St. Michael Indian School will celebrate 118 years this December. While we would have to dig deep into the school’s archives to fully understand past pandemics, I can hear in my mind St. Katharine’s famous words: “He never contemplated our being alone on the mountain. He would not have brought us into such difficult passes if He had not meant to come Himself to help us through them. Then let us adore Him by bravely going forth and keeping our appointments.”
It is in the spirit of our foundress Saint Katharine Drexel that our staff is serving 200-plus children daily meals and putting together and passing out learning packets to keep our children engaged and hopeful. We are posting family activities on our website and social media and offering daily prayers for the safety of our school family. It is in this service that we are able to project God’s grace and His love for each of us. As a mission school, we are called to this duty and are honored for the opportunity to be of service.
I pray that each of you reading this newsletter are safe at home with your families. For those of you who are first responders, medical workers, food service personnel, truck drivers, and other frontline workers: Words cannot express our gratitude enough. I often remind my staff of our call to grace, sharing with each of them my daily prayer; “Lord, today and everyday let me be an instrument of your will and an example of your love and grace.”
Please pray for our school and the continuation of our 118-year mission. If you are able to continue to support our mission, please do so. Financial contributions are very important to our daily operations. However, your daily prayers and testimony to others are equally important to our school .
May God provide many blessings to you and your family,
Dot Teso, President
Email: Dot.Teso@smischools.org | Direct: 505.979.5590 Ext. 3031