As a member of the St. Benilde Class of 1978, I have always been proud of the quality of Catholic education that I experienced, the moral compass instilled in me and my classmates by the Sisters of Loreto and the founding administrators of our school, and the strength of the bonds with those schoolmates that continue to this day. The support system and sense of community that have seen our family through celebratory times and through our most difficult trials have been the greatest displays of Christianity in action that any parent, child, or parishioner could aspire to. As is often the case, only in retrospect do I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the formative years of something so special.
As we returned to the parish in 2004, and with the subsequent graduation of my son Michael as a member of the St. Benilde Class of 2011, I watched with a unique perspective as he and his classmates grew in stature, in knowledge, in faith, and in friendship. This time around, I could observe with the wisdom of how this foundation would help guide him through the years in so many ways. And most importantly, the sense of community that I have come to appreciate over time had remained as strong as ever at St. Benilde. The defining characteristic of our school and of our parish had remained a cornerstone, a source of satisfaction for all who have been a part of the school’s success.
It is with equal pride that I see the current administration of the school focusing on necessary changes to provide a progressive and enlightened learning environment necessary for the 21st century, while preserving the attributes of St. Benilde that have provided a source of distinction and joy for members within and from observers outside of our community.
Craig M. Cortello ('78)
Member: St. Benilde School Advisory Board