On July 1, 2014, Fr. Denzil Vitanage, St. Joseph Catholic School Pastor,congratulated our new principal, Mrs. Mary Sue Jagers, who accepted her duties as our new principal with enthustiam and joy. Mrs. Jagers replaced Mrs. Wanda Robinson after her retirement.
Mrs. Jagers returned to East Texas from Gillette, Wyoming, where she was teaching sixth grade at Saint John Paul II Catholic School. She obtained her Masters of Education degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Her awards include Teacher of the Year and she was an Incentive Pay recipient for academic achievement in Caddo Parish. She has worked in the field of education and ministry since she was 19 years old with a wide range of experience, which includes but is not limited to, teaching Autistic Children, Counseling and Guidance, Youth Ministry and Physical Education.
"I am excited to be your principal and I look forward to knowing each of our St. Joseph children. And, with their families as partners, help them to become the best they can be; academically, spiritually, and physically in an environment having family values, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord", said Mrs. Jagers.
Welcome Mrs. Jagers, and God bless you!!
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A Message from the Principal
A heartfelt thank-you to all the alumni who reunited for the “Celebration of Friends” weekend in May. What a privilege it was to be welcomed into Marshall, Texas, and be a witness to such a memorable weekend in St. Joseph Catholic School history. Words cannot begin to express the experience as I stood beside Monsignor Rehkemper and heard him say, “You will be in my prayers.” Msgr. Rehkemper’s vision from 50 years ago to continue providing a Catholic Christian education for the children of East Texas has been gifted to each of us. What a huge responsibility!! We must look to our patron saint, St. Joseph, as we move forward with this honorable task.
How Jesus’ earthly father must have felt as he took responsibility for God’s son? Each of us have been called to continue in St. Joseph’s footsteps by responsibly caring for the children of God, nurturing their religious education and formation.
At Mass, we were also reminded of this great commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28:18-19). We possess the life of Jesus Christ within us. Let us continue to share this great gift from God with others. You built this school…you made the sacrifice… now we must go forth and continue the journey!!
I look forward to meeting all parents and students as we prepare for another wonderful school year at St. Joseph’s. Thank you for sharing your children with us. You are in my prayers!
Mrs. Mary Sue Jagers, Principal
Honored guests at the St. Joseph Catholic School "Celebration of Friends" 50th reunion May 30-June 1, 2014 were:
(Pictured standing): Fr. Denzil, Pastor, and Mrs. Mary Sue Jagers, St. Joseph School Principal Robert Rehkemper.
(Pictured sitting): Mrs. Agnes Verhalen, who is the most senior among us, attended St. Mary's Academy at St. Joseph's Marshall, and Monsignor Robert Rehkember, pastor of St. Joseph's 50 years ago.
Our St. Joseph Parish is so very blessed to have a school of its own and to be able to provide for its successful mission of educating our precious children. Our children are the hope for the future of the Catholic Church and we must fulfill our duty as Catholics to provide the children the opportunity for a fulltime Catholic education.
We give thanks and blessings to those of you who are part of our St. Joseph School family and by entrusting your children's education to us. We pray you will continue with us as we grow our school.
I firmly believe in the importance, mission and philosophy of Catholic Education, the education and safety of all students, compassion toward others and the uniqueness and integrity of each human being. I have a passion for working with God's beloved children, their families, other educations and the community and have dedicated my life to this.
As parents, you want the best for your children. It is because you wish them success in all of life's challenges that a Catholic school is the right choice. Our Catholic school provides an education program based on religious beliefs and values, enabling your children to grow in their undersanding of themsleves, their relationships with God and with others.
Our school promotes the education of your children to their potential and their teachers respect and encourage real learning experiences. We offer a community environment in which your children can discuss and live out the values upon which their education is based. Here at St. Joseph's, our students learn to question, to establish confidence in their own good choices in life and to experience the sense of accomplishment stemming from individual achievement and responsibility.
We always extend a blessed welcome to those who are considering our school for their children. A place where they can excel spiritually, academically and socially. A place where they are respected and loved with the presence of Jesus Christ in each classroom. We invite you to come and see our "Saints Under Construction!"
Whichever school you choose for your children, remember that at St. Joseph Catholic School you can be assured that your child will receive a strong academic education in an environment structured to have a lasting value. Together with God's help, we will continue to make an already great school an even greater school.
May God bless you and yours always!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Denzil Vithanage