A letter from NDA's next president
Dear Friends and Families of Notre Dame Academy:
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I accept the opportunity to serve as the next president of NDA!
For more than 30 years I have filled a variety of roles in Catholic education from teacher to administrator to consultant. During that time, I have worked with families and schools rooted in several Catholic traditions and charisms. NDA fills a special place for me in that it is firmly rooted in the spirit of community that emerges from its place in Green Bay, and its legacy of service to students and their families.
As a place where faith and life merge in the experience of learning, NDA impresses me with its insistence on the education of the entire student within the context of a loving community. I look forward to becoming a part of this community.
Being a husband and a father who has been a part of several communities over the years, the journey into a new Catholic community is one characterized by activity and availability. Activities fill our days, nights and weekends, and are mixed with an availability to each other as colleagues, companions and friends in prayer, fellowship and service. I look forward to getting to know you as we build the future of NDA.
No letter of introduction can ignore our current situation as a country and as a people. NDA's online environment will offer rich insights as Principal Patrick Browne, the faculty and staff care for the daily adjustments to the NDA experience. Although we may be physically isolated, our social lives must thrive via online sharing that keep us in touch through conversation, creative activity, prayer and celebration.
In the words of Pope Francis, "God draws us near through Jesus...we can reawaken in ourselves a habit of drawing near to others through prayer, through help. There are many ways of drawing near."
I look forward to getting know you, to working with you and embracing the future together!
Best regards, prayers and blessings,
Thomas J. Kiely
About Notre Dame Academy: Notre Dame Academy is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is a co-ed Catholic high school founded by the Norbertine Order, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Diocese of Green Bay. NDA’s distinctive history embraces the more than 120-year foundation of St. Joseph Academy, Abbot Pennings High School and Our Lady of Premontre High School. NDA offers a globally focused education with a leading IB Diploma Program. Its high-caliber educational community is focused on outstanding learning and creating a lifetime of opportunity for all students.