At various times when our school is not in session and we have visitors to our campus, I caution them that during a tour they may see beautiful buildings and athletic facilities, and mistakenly think they have seen Father Ryan. However, Father Ryan is more to all of us than beautiful buildings and athletic facilities, it is the people. We are Father Ryan. Despite the current circumstances, this remains true - yesterday, today and tomorrow. In a very unsettled world with lots of anxiety and concern, we do what we always do. We turn to God. Pope Francis has called all of us “to rediscover the concreteness of small things, the small acts of kindness shown to those who are close to us, family, friends. Real relationships made of attentiveness and patience.”
While we all begin this journey and transition to digital learning together, I ask that we all lean into and respond to the calls of the Holy Father and our Bishop. Precaution, prayer, prudence, patience, concern, compassion, empathy and kindness. This is a time when all of us can answer the challenge of our mission to be a living example of the Gospel while challenging students to reach their spiritual, academic, and personal potential.
This is a new experience for you, your students, our faculty and the entire Father Ryan community. To help everyone in your household prepare for the transition to digital learning, we have created a Digital Learning webpage, with specific links, one for parents and one for students. The Digital Learning webpage includes information to help students be successful and resources from various departments. We will add to this page as information develops.
Here’s what we ask you to do in preparation for our launch on Wednesday, March 25.
Work with your student to set up their learning area in your home. Information and suggestions on this are on the webpage.
Please make certain that your students are logged into myFatherRyan on Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24. Students are expected to participate and engage with their teachers on those days to ensure they are receiving messages and instructional information from their teachers.
If your student needs technology assistance, there is a form on the webpage for them to complete and submit.
Understanding that this is a new experience for all of us - students, parents and faculty -we will need grace, compassion and patience as we make this transition together.
I cannot imagine that our mission as a school has ever been more important and vital to students, parents, faculty, alumni, and the Nashville community. Today, March 19, our Church celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus. On his feast day we seek his intercession and use his example of humility, kindness, compassion and caring for how we might “rediscover” each other and the world around us.