On Thursday, April 23, Fr. Lahart notified the Regis community that the school would continue remote instruction through the end of the academic year. Fr. Lahart’s full letter can be read below.
April 23, 2020
Dear Regis Students, Parents and Guardians,
I hope you each had a blessed Easter celebration in our new reality of social distancing. It was an honor to celebrate a school-wide Mass yesterday from the Regis Chapel. How I wish we had all been able to be present in person.
In my letter to you of April 6, I laid out two possible scenarios for the remainder of the year. The first was that some remarkable circumstance allows for the return to the building on May 11. Since then the governor has announced that restrictions remain in place until May 15, and the Archdiocese has directed that its schools not open before May 26. The second scenario was that we would not return to instruction at 84th Street for the remainder of this school year. Unfortunately, we are clearly in the second scenario and can now plan for that situation. Fr. Andreassi and Ms. Lehn will have more information on the details for the conclusion of the academic year.
Not surprisingly, we have also been informed by the pastor at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola that they will not be able to host our graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 6 under any possible scenario, as all events in the church have been cancelled through August. Fr. Andreassi recently surveyed the seniors on their opinions regarding graduation options. He will be communicating with the members of the Class of 2020 shortly on our plans to mark this significant milestone in the lives of the seniors and their families.
We realize at this time that we are not in control as many of us wish we could be. This pandemic is stretching each of us in ways that make us particularly uncomfortable, but we are being asked to make sacrifices to keep us and others safe. And as Dr. Fauci says, “we don’t dictate the timeline, the virus does.”
From the news stories detailing acts of kindness to our daily 7:00 p.m. cheers for essential workers, we are strengthened by our continued bond to our community and most especially our desire to protect those most vulnerable.
In his masterpiece, Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl reminds us, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” May we choose an attitude of gratitude and generosity in these days.
I continue to celebrate Mass every evening in the Regis Chapel. I remember all of you in my prayers at the Mass.
May the Lord give us the strength and courage that we need to continue to be faithful followers in these difficult times.
Please stay healthy, safe, and supportive of each other.
Daniel K. Lahart, SJ