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Principals prepare for new school year

Jim Rigg, archdiocesan superintendent of schools, speaks to principals before the opening Mass of their meeting with staff from the Office of Catholic Schools to prepare for the start of the 2022-23 school year, Aug. 2, 2022 at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.

Photographer: ANA RODRIGUEZ-SOTO | FC

Jim Rigg, archdiocesan superintendent of schools, speaks to principals before the opening Mass of their meeting with staff from the Office of Catholic Schools to prepare for the start of the 2022-23 school year, Aug. 2, 2022 at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.

MIAMI GARDENS | School starts Aug. 17, 2022, and archdiocesan school principals spent Aug. 2 preparing for the return of students and teachers.

They gathered at St. Thomas University's St. Anthony Chapel for an early morning Mass celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski, then transitioned to the Convocation Hall to hear Schools Superintendent Jim Rigg. He gave them an overview of the 2021-22 school year and outlined the goals for 2022-23.

Then they heard from business leader and author Harry M. Kraemer about "putting your Catholic values into action" as school leaders.

The day concluded with updates on COVID protocols for the schools and a reception hosted by St. Thomas University's administrative team.

As STU President David Armstrong pointed out in earlier remarks to the principals, St. Thomas is one of only eight archdiocesan-owned universities, out of around 220 Catholic universities in the U.S. The principals were encouraged to use the university as a resource — including its campus ministry offerings — and to encourage their students to consider enrolling after they graduate from high school.

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