ST. GENEVIEVE GROTTO:
A Collection of Remembrance Stories
by Joseph M. Lalley
THE LEGACY OF ST. GENEVIEVE LIVES IN GROTTO ON CDS CAMPUS
In the New Testament, there is a beautiful account of the joy St. Peter felt when Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a high mountain. He exclaimed, “ Lord, it is good for us to be here.” He proposed to build three altars.
But today in a different context, we, too, may confidently proclaim, "Lord, it is good to be here." This day gives us the opportunity to thank all who have worked and continue to work to make the move of The Grotto to the campus of Carolina Day School a success. They deserve our grateful thanks and continued support.
It is also a day to remember the Religious of Christian Education. Their response and dedication to their calling to religious life brought about the founding of St. Genevieve-of the-Pines and other excellent schools in Europe and the United States. Their school put Asheville on the map attracting students from many areas of this country as well as Latin America. Because of its wide ranging curriculum supported by exceptionally competent teachers, its reputation enabled it to be one of the eleven charter members of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1912.
On this day we must remember our teachers – both lay and religious. This school gave us the opportunity to work together. We put before our students an encompassing, challenging curriculum and in the process our students often developed a sense of their self worth that prepared them for the life ahead of them.
In so doing we teachers often found our own sense of self worth, our raison d’etre, our reason to be. It is true that...
Some think that teaching is a thankless art,
That planning lessons, correcting papers,
leave little time for private life
But those who dare to teach with skill and heart
A love of learning must indeed impart -
Eliciting a quest for certitude,
While calling all to act with fortitude.
How awesome stands the challenge of this art!
And yet, what love do stately buildings give
Their architects? How long do flowers live
For gardeners and lovers? Do the seeds
That farmers sow outlive the teacher's deeds?
The greatest task is to teach our youth,
To mold their character, to lead to truth.