Building on Helias Catholic’s legacy for future Crusaders

Dear Helias Catholic family,

Construction work continues on Helias Catholic’s Crucifix Entrance and Rackers Fieldhouse. A number of people have asked me if we are keeping the original crucifix statue. Yes, we are! We will light the crucifix throughout the night. I will chair a meeting next week to begin discussing how we should decorate the interior of the new crucifix entrance. My primary desire is to create a space that welcomes our students each day and also tells the story of Helias Catholic High School. I am certain there will be a number of good ideas that come from our conversations.

Renovations on the fieldhouse flooring, ceiling and locker rooms are proceeding on schedule. We have a lot of team plaques that were on the walls of the fieldhouse lobby that we will not be putting back up.  Instead, we will be moving into the digital age with large screen monitors that will allow us to present more information to celebrate and remember championship teams from days gone by. Stay tuned for an announcement as to how you might be able to make a small donation to the school to purchase one of the plaques.

Helias Catholic’s strategic growth plan, begun in 2019, has not been forgotten! Last school year we held a handful of meetings focused on our three core areas: Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence and Organizational Vitality. Progress has been made in each area. In fairness to the work that is ongoing, I will send out a letter within the coming weeks detailing where things stand as of this month. If you were involved in the strategic growth plan three years ago, please know the work you helped start is continuing to move forward. Thank you for your patience and for your commitment to our Catholic mission.

One important item that came out of the strategic growth plan process was the hiring of a director of alumni relations. As we announced last spring, Ron Vossen (’74) has stepped out of the classroom and into this new role. Ron will focus on outreach to Helias Catholic’s alumni in Jefferson City and beyond. Ron’s office space is right outside of my office in the administration wing. Ron will work with The Foundation for the Benefit of Helias Catholic on a number of the foundation’s activities. Ron will also be visiting alumni, hosting gatherings at the school, and going out into the community to grow and strengthen relationships with all of our alumni. Please reach out to Ron to welcome him to his new role, and also share your contact information so he can keep you up to date on Helias Catholic’s alumni happenings.

This week marks the beginning of regular school office hours following limited summer hours. Administration and support staff are here at the school 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please do not hesitate to call or drop by should you have any questions or simply want to say hello.

Thank you for your continued support; and, most especially, thank you for your prayers. The prayers of the entire Helias Catholic community remain with you and your loved ones.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts — forever!

John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President

In this blog, Helias Catholic President John Knight and guest writers share updates about ongoing work to advance Helias Catholic High School’s mission to provide excellence in Catholic education and vision to build a community of saints and scholars for Christ. Please send responses, ideas, questions and friendly greetings to Mr. Knight at jknight@heliascatholic.com.