Dear Alumni and Friends of Bishop Ryan Catholic School,
Just recently, a conversation reminded me of how vitally important a Bishop Ryan education is for the future of our children and society. I was utterly proud to have our own recent alumna, Macy Christianson, representing North Dakota in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. I knew she would represent not only our state, but also our school and her family with grace on the national stage. She grounded her well-articulated platform in the Catholic values that were instilled in her with the help of her parents and teachers. I was sure that she would impress all with her talent and confidence. What I didn't foresee, however, was how proud I would be of Macy for witnessing to her faith in our culture that is increasingly pushing God to the margins of society.
One evening while Macy was competing in Atlantic City, I received a call from her asking me for advice. The pageant coordinators would not allow her to go to Holy Mass on Sunday in order to fulfill her desire and duty to worship God. If she left without permission, she would be disqualified. In fact, they told her that they never let any contestant go to church on Sunday. Macy ardently appealed to the pageant organizers about the importance of going to church, but to no avail. Apparently, the kind of woman they wanted to represent America didn't include the quality of faithfulness!
Friends, this story highlights the reason this school is so important. Our students receive an education that prepares them to stand with the best on the national stage. Recent Bishop Ryan alumni are interning for NASA and the Country Music Television network in Nashville. They are in medical school, seminary, business school, and learning to be teachers. Most importantly, however, is the fact that many of our graduates are young men and women of virtue, faithfully bringing the gospel into the world in which they are living and working. Through their lives, they are creating a future full of hope.
I encourage you to support our Annual Appeal as fully as you can. There is no more important institution to support in the greater Minot area. A student in need of our virtue-based Catholic education is on the receiving end of every gift. A teacher who believes in the mission of this school and wants to help his or her students become the utmost of what God made them to be is depending on your gift. A family that can't afford the full cost of tuition is hoping that they will be able to provide their children with a faith-based education because of your help. Be part of the Annual Appeal. Be part of a future full of hope.
May God bless you abundantly for your generosity!
With much esteem, I am sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Jadyn Nelson
President, Bishop Ryan Catholic School