A warm welcome to the Helias Catholic community

Hello, Helias Catholic community!

I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of you over the past few months since I came to Helias Catholic as president this past summer. Thank you for your warm welcome to Jefferson City and to a remarkable school community at Helias Catholic. For those of you I have not yet met, please feel free to stop by school to meet with me or, better yet, introduce yourself to me at any school program I am attending. I can’t promise that I will be able to remember everyone’s names, but I can promise that I will greet you with a smile and a word of gratitude for taking the time to reach out to me.

The work of a president of a Catholic high school boils down to one primary role, that of chief mission officer. The president of a Catholic high school is charged with the responsibility to ensure that the school is living up to its Catholic identity. The president works with the superintendent of Catholic schools, the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council and the principal to make certain that we are working each day to strengthen our students’ faith and their relationship with God, their family, their classmates, and our world. I am following in the footsteps of many great men and women who have dedicated their lives to the formation of young people into “saints and scholars for Christ.”

Traditionally the president of a Catholic high school also focuses on fundraising; “friend raising;” school finances; alumni relations; strategic planning; marketing; enrollment management; implementing diocesan policies; partnering with and supporting the principal, who is the academic leader of the school; and serving as the “public face” of the school. Needless to say, on any given day there can be a lot of variety to my work. Fortunately, I am not alone in serving Helias Catholic. I am very blessed to be working with an outstanding team of administrators and colleagues whose work behind the scenes makes the school function so smoothly on a daily basis.

In the coming weeks I will use this platform to update you on a number of items concerning our school. For now, I will close by saying thank you for your undying love of our Catholic mission.

My prayers and the prayers of the entire Helias Catholic community remain with you and your loved ones.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts — forever!

John Knight