A feeling of pure joy and excitement filled the air as Upper School students, alumni from the class of 2022 (St. Francis’s first graduating senior class), faculty and staff, parents, and current and former members of the Board of Trustees gathered for the Blessing of the Student Life Center on January 3, 2023.
The enthusiastic crowd assembled by the flagpoles as Father Bob Wismer shared a wonderful blessing with words of gratitude and well wishes for the future. As Upper School students took their first steps into the Student Life Center, they were cheered by the crowd that included Primary II students who will one day follow in their footsteps. Seeing the joy on the faces of the Upper School students as they officially walked through the building’s doors for the first time was truly special for all who attended.
Upper School student Hannah O. expressed what the new building means for the future of St. Francis. “When I started at St. Francis, there was always hope for a new building for the Upper School, and I am so excited to see it come to life,” she said. “The new study spaces are gorgeous and inviting. They will allow students to socialize during free periods, enhancing the sense of community.”
Once inside, students and guests were able to explore and admire the building’s light filled classrooms, the dining hall and kitchen that will serve both Upper and Primary School students, the monumental staircase and entryway that will allow for student collaboration and gatherings, the Class of 2022 College Counseling Suite, named in honor of the first high school graduates, health clinic, and office space for administration.
Earlier that morning, Head of Upper School Marc Addington reminded Upper School students about the many people for others who helped bring the building to life. “Your parents gave because they believe in the school and its mission,” he said. “Many alumni and parents of alumni also gave because they remember the experience they had and education they received at St. Francis. Together, their generosity will positively impact future generations of students.”
St. Francis is grateful to all of our families who made the dream of this building a reality. Naming opportunities are still available for the Forward in Faith, Phase II Campaign. For more information, please contact Sandy August, Director of Major Gifts, at SAugust@StFrancisHouston.org.
To view highlights of the day, please click on the video image below.