eKnight Newsletter - May 4, 2018
Honoring and Remembering Mr. Allen Lund
Dear St. Francis Family,
In Ecclesiastes, we are reminded that "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." Life truths are described by juxtaposing opposites like a time to be born and a time to die.
Very recently, on April 7, our St. Francis family lost a very dear friend, a man who embodied Franciscan virtues in all that he did. He was a gentle giant with a tremendous love for his family and an unwavering dedication to his Catholic faith. He was a man of God and of the Earth who shared his simple wisdom regularly - "Be good. Go to Mass." Allen Lund was a truly remarkable man and we are grateful to Kathie, his wife of 57 years, and his family - his six children, David '79 (Helen), Natalie (Kirk), Kenny '82 (Mary), Eddie '86 (Alicia), Anna (Mike), Christina (Steve) and his 22 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren for sharing him with St. Francis High School. Allen certainly enriched our lives beyond measure. 
At his core, Allen was a trucker. Having grown up in rural Utah, Allen met his wife Kathie at an amusement park where they both worked. Kathie sold the thirty-five cent tickets for the ride Allen operated - it wasn't long before the two married in the summer of 1960. For eight years, Allen operated heavy construction equipment until 1968 when he began working for CH Robinson, a third-party logistics company. This career move brought the Lund family to Los Angeles. In 1976, with only $1,000, six children, Kathie working nights at a plastics factory and a tremendous leap of faith, Allen started Allen Lund Company with a simple goal of feeding his family. In his mind, he knew four truckloads a month would accomplish that goal. In time, with a work ethic that demonstrates the inspiration of the American dream, along with an unwavering commitment to all customers, the Allen Lund Company presence grew to 34 cities, with 450 employees and 300,000 annual shipments. Allen's $1,000 leap of faith had paid handsome dividends.
One of the greatest attributes about Allen, and there are many, is that he never forgot his roots. Allen was not only the leader of his company, he was a leader with the many schools and universities he loved. When St. Francis encountered financial difficulties in the 1990s, Allen was one of the first to offer his help. Principal Tom Moran remembers how Allen "rolled up his sleeves, advised, devoted his own time, resources and contacts to solve the issues and put the school back on a successful path. Not to demean our maintenance crew, but today, his fingerprints are all over campus; however, you have to hunt to find his name. It was never about him...his humility, integrity, leadership and generosity changed lives."
Allen was our first Chairman of the Board of Directors at St. Francis High School. After serving in this role for sixteen years, Allen asked current Chairman Mark Heydorff '70 to take over his role as Chairman. Mark remembers asking Allen, "So you want me to be George Selkirk?" With a surprised look on his face, Allen responded, "Who the heck is George Selkirk?" Mark reminded him that Selkirk was the baseball player who followed Babe Ruth. "You see you can't replace Babe Ruth. And no one can replace Allen Lund."  
As people of faith, let us share our joy for Allen's life, his Catholic faith and his love. His legacy is right here, forever in our hearts at St. Francis High School. Our Heavenly Father has certainly blessed Allen Lund, as Allen's life has certainly blessed all of us. Rest in peace, dear friend - we will miss you.
Yours in Jesus and Francis,
Fr. Tony Marti, OFM Cap.
President 
The Science and Art of Teaching Boys
St. Francis High School is an active member of the International Boys' School Coalition (IBSC), an organization dedicated to enhancing the education, well-being and development of boys worldwide. As such, we are continually looking for ways to enhance our methods for teaching the young men entrusted to our care. As part of this ongoing effort, St. Francis was honored to have Dr. Abigail Norfleet James, a world-renowned teacher and expert on gender-based learning, visit our campus on Monday, April 16, to lead an in-depth discussion with our families on "The Parents' Guide to the Male Brain." Dr. James also spoke at the faculty in-service on a variety of pertinent topics, including "The Gendered Classroom" and "The Science and Art of Teaching Boys."  
Dr. James' approach, which includes both theory and practice, was extremely well received by the teachers and parents. "The presentation added concrete evidence to the perceptions we all have that boys truly learn differently and uniquely.  Dr. James provided immediately actionable steps that could be implemented the next day in our classrooms.  She also helped to unify us with a focus toward teaching in a way that best benefits our young men as relational learners," remarked Mrs. Tracy Traver, St. Francis' Dean of Studies. Mr. Ted Carroll, St. Francis' Dean of Curriculum, was also impressed by the presentation. He noted that, "Dr. James is a true expert, with a real-world approach that helps parents, teachers and communities teach their boys well." The St. Francis family thoroughly enjoyed Dr. James' visit to the school and we are confident that her informative presentations were beneficial to our school community. We are extremely grateful to Dr. James for her time and insightful perspective.
 
Five members of the St. Francis faculty/staff also had the opportunity to attend the IBSC Regional Conference, entitled Relational Learning with Boys, held at St. Augustine High School in San Diego on Friday, April 20. Religion teacher Mr. Joshua Godson was motivated by the experience, sharing that, " It was a true joy to participate in a focused effort executed for the sole purpose of enriching the unique education of boys in a single-gender institution. This event affirmed us as educators and strengthened our understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching in an all-male environment." We are grateful to the event organizers and St. Augustine High School for hosting the conference

The following excerpt comes from the opening speaker's remarks:
"So what happens when you honor boys for their maleness instead of punishing them; what happens when you teach them in ways that play on their strengths, not their weaknesses? Think about your graduating seniors and compare them to their ninth grade selves. At your school and mine, I know you have helped these young men tap into the wonderful gifts God gave when he created men; I believe you will find your graduates, after four years in your program, are kinder, gentler, more protective, more honorable, more devoted to the idea of justice and willing to take a stand against what is wrong and dishonorable in our society. After all, at our schools we actively mentor our students and we have the added advantage of the presence of the perfect mentor, Jesus Christ." - Mrs. Winnie Arnn

 
Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys 
By Adam J. Cox, Ph.D., International Boys' School Coalition (2011) 
For more than a decade, the education of boys has been subjected to intense scrutiny. We have wanted to know how boys are different, why they are, and what implications these differences have for teaching practice. With due rigor, the learning differences of boys have been studied, dissected, and measured. Looking beyond differences, the cognitive and social difficulties of boys have also borne the weight of examination and debate. Throughout these inquiries, real boys have been examined and compared with a subconscious projection of the "ideal boy," even while the attributes and parameters of the ideal boy are conspicuously vague. Although the preponderance of inquiry has been well intended, a decade of study has not been without consequences. Scrutinizing the differences of boys has at times diminished their natural strengths, and the scope of boys' prospective contributions to the world at large. 

Recognizing the need for a new type and level of investigation, the International Boys' Schools Coalition has funded and helped to coordinate a global research project on where and how boys discover significance in their lives. There are many things to be learned from such a study, but most fundamentally, the IBSC's commitment to a qualitative research methodology signals an interest in probing for depth and significance through the live voices of boys. This report is the culmination of a unique and unprecedented endeavor to interview boys worldwide in the interest of discovering and revealing where they find significance and discover purpose in their lives. The interviews (which I often refer to as dialogues) that formed this research initiative constitute an international inquiry into boys' interests, spirit, and prospective contributions to society at large. 

This research began with a core belief: boys are capable of doing extraordinary things, and are eager to be asked to do things which are significant to them. This belief invites a new plateau of discussion, shifting emphasis from what's wrong with boys to what is well, and full of possibility. Specifically, this study has sought to illuminate those aspects of boys' lives that are transcendent, and that point them toward the type of self-realization that is the foundation of identity, achievement, and well being...(read the full research study   HERE)

Franciscan Virtue of the 4th Quarter: Goodness
No Greater Love - A Reflection on Goodness
In the open salvos of World War II, a large British military force on the European continent, along with some English citizens and diplomats, retreated to the French coastal port of Dunkirk. With its back against the English Channel, the British army faced a German army that threatened to drive it into the sea. To save what he could of his army, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called for all available sea vessels, whether large or small, to evacuate the soldiers and civilians from the besieged French beaches and bring them back across the Channel to safety.

An incredible array of ships and boats raced to the rescue-fishing boats and cruise ships alike. As the flotilla made its way to the beach to pick up soldiers and then move out again, Nazi aircraft set upon them like vultures while German artillery pummeled them with shells. Ships were strafed with machine gun fire, and some were blown out of the water altogether.

Three German Messerschmidts attacked the defenseless Lancastria, a converted cruise liner, whose decks and hold were packed with soldiers. One bomb dropped directly down the ship's smokestack, tearing a huge gap in her lower hull. Nearly 200 men were trapped in the forward hold of the now severely listing ship. No one doubted that the liner was going down. Chaos, smoke, oil, fire, and blood, mixed with terrified cries of the men trapped below, created pandemonium on deck as those hopeful of surviving searched for lifeboats or simply leaped into the water.

Moving through the middle of this living nightmare, a young Navy chaplain quietly worked his way to the edge of the hold and peered in at the darkness below.

Then, knowing he could never get out, he lowered himself in.

Survivors later told how the only thing that gave them courage to survive until passing ships could rescue them was hearing the strong, brave voices of the men in the hold singing hymns as the ship finally rolled over and went to the bottom

This true story testifies to the courage and compassion of one faithful Christian who gave his life to provide comfort, courage, and hope to the suffering. We are also called to demonstrate that kind of love in our lost and dying world. This is the true meaning of goodness.

"Cherish your human connections. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent." - Barbara Bush

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Putting "Vocation Directors" in Every Home, School, and Parish 
By Luke Burgis, Word on Fire 
"Each person-unique and unrepeatable-is the fundamental and primary Way of the Church." -Pope John Paul II

For Pope John Paul II, there was no five-step program to renew the Church. He believed that the "way" forward is not a method or program; it's each human person-all seven and a half billion of them. As a Church, we have to travel every path.

This means that there is not a single human being, dead or alive, whose life is not a doorway into the mystery of God. Their professed faith or absence of it, their political party, or their lifestyle can never absolve us-none of these things diminish our responsibility to enter into their life in order to truly know them.

 How well do we truly know one another-especially young people? This is the great challenge of our technological age. Our attentiveness to each person that we encounter can change the trajectory of a single life and, with it, the world.

Education specialist Sir Ken Robinson tells the story of a young girl named Gillian Lynne who couldn't stop fidgeting at school no matter how hard she tried. The eight-year-old girl rocked vigorously in her chair and disrupted her classmates constantly. She turned in assignments late, wrote with bad penmanship, and wasn't following the lessons. Finally, her school sent Gillian's parents a letter recommending that she attend a special school for children with learning disorders.

Her parents took Gillian to a specialist first. As he was talking to Gillian's mother, the doctor observed Gillian sitting on her hands, rocking back and forth. After about twenty minutes of careful listening and watching, he asked Gillian if she would excuse them while they talked outside in the hall. Before the doctor left the room, he turned on the radio.

From outside the room, they watched Gillian through a window. Within seconds after they walked out of the room, Gillian got up and started dancing to the music. She danced in a natural, joyful way. The doctor turned to Gillian's mother and said: "Gillian isn't sick. She's a dancer."

Gillian went on to become one of the most accomplished directors and choreographers of her generation, giving the world Cats and Phantom of the Opera.

Each person has a unique and unrepeatable vocation. If it is not discovered, embraced, and lived, it is lost to the world forever.

Thank God for that doctor.

How seriously are we taking our responsibility to cultivate the personal vocations of others?

Pope John Paul II wrote about the importance of this initiative very clearly in his first encyclical, On the Redeemer of Man:
Every initiative serves true renewal in the Church and helps to bring the authentic light that is Christ insofar as the initiative is based on adequate awareness of the individual Christian's vocation and of responsibility for this singular, unique and unrepeatable grace.
A Catholic diocese typically has one "vocation director" whose primary responsibility-at least the public perception of it-is to cultivate the vocations of people who are discerning the priesthood or religious life.

I've had a very positive experience with vocation directors. Two generous priests in the Diocese of Las Vegas helped me enter seminary formation and ultimately to leave it. But had I not decided to enter seminary, I would've never met them.

Vocation directors have limited reach. In a thriving diocese, there might be one hundred seminarians and religious vocations. Where does that leave the dancers? The doctors? The young man who is petrified of proposing to the love of his life because he doesn't know if her dad likes him?  

This is where you and I come in.

I believe that the only way to create a culture of vocation-one in which everyone's personal vocation is cultivated-is through a culture of mentorship. Vocation directors are critical, but they can't do this work alone. They need co-workers. 

You have unrepeatable experiences and a vocation that someone in the world desperately needs to see lived out with heroic fidelity. As we live out our own callings, each of us should pray for the grace to be a mentor to someone else.

I believe that we need to broaden our understanding of who has responsibility to be a "vocation director." Should there not be "direction" for people who are called to every state of life, every profession, every unique pathway to holiness? If we are to fulfill the dream of John Paul II, then we must think big. We have to put "vocation directors" in every home, school, and parish. They will be well-trained mentors who take up John Paul II's call to cultivate the personal vocations of others. We must teach young people basic skills of discernment that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Nobody is alone in this important work. A network of vocation mentors is forming to provide support and training. We're there to be "midwives" to every personal vocation, whether it leads to a seminary, a baseball field, a business, or a dance studio.

Because of the dearth of resources on mentorship in the Catholic world and my own long journey of vocation (eight years in Silicon Valley, five years in seminary formation), I co-authored the book Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person . It draws the inspiration for its title from Saint John Paul II, who used the word "unrepeatable," repeatedly. Paying attention to the unrepeatable calling of every person is something that the great saint considered a key to creating a "culture of vocation."

Thomas Merton once wrote:
The object of salvation is that which is unique, irreplaceable, incommunicable-that which is myself alone. The true inner self must be drawn up like a jewel from the bottom of the sea, rescued from confusion, from indistinction, from immersion in the common, the non-descript, the trivial, the sordid, the evanescent. (New Seeds of Contemplation)
Our mission is to draw up from the bottom of the sea these unique and unrepeatable jewels, each one charged with the mystery and grandeur of God. Is there any work more exciting work than that?...(read the full article HERE)

Commemorating the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide
The St. Francis family, led by the school's Armenian Club, commemorated the Armenian Genocide of Holy Armenian martyrs on the morning of April 24 with a prayer service and moment of silence.

We gathered prayerfully as a community in a spirit of solidarity because the Christian faith - specifically the Eastern Catholic, or Orthodox faith - is deeply rooted in the Armenian culture. In fact, the Armenian Apostolic Church declared the victims of the 1915 massacre as martyrs. Cardinal Sean O 'Malley, the Capuchin Franciscan Archbishop of Boston said, "one of the fruits their martyrdom is the accumulation of love that unites us." And when Pope Francis visited Armenia he prayed that the world "defeats evil with good." So in keeping with our 4th Quarter virtue, we echoed the Pope's call by embodying the goodness of prayer this morning.

Together we pray...Lord, You are the Prince of Peace. You have given us the gift life, and in your holy martyrs you show us the glory of the cross. And by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. We ask for the grace of your love to penetrate our hearts, inspire our minds, and guide our every action. And may the courage of the martyrs inspire us to be witnesses of your goodness by obeying your holy command to love our enemies. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

SFHS Aviation Club Partners with DreamUp to Design ISS Experiment
Mr. Mark Fredette, 9th grade religion teacher and SFHS Aviation Club moderator, was offered the opportunity through DreamUp to beta test an exciting educational product that allows students to use a Raspberry Pi to code and design an experiment to be run aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Mr. Fredette brought this program to the SFHS Aviation Club and 14 students are working through the curriculum, meeting once per week. "DreamCode" will supply the group with three $2,000 mini computers whose counterpart has already been installed on the ISS. Students will go through NASA protocols in coding and designing an experiment that will be run on the ISS later this year. A special thanks to Mr. Fredette for making this possible for the Golden Knights!

St. Francis Summer School Offers Enriching Courses and Exciting Camps
St. Francis High School's 2018 Summer School Curriculum & Camps Catalog is available and registration is now open for a wide variety of courses, workshops, and camps for both boys and girls entering grades 6 -12. Perhaps you might be interested in taking the CSI: Forensic Science course because you hope to become a crime scene investigator. Maybe this is the summer you finally chase your dream of becoming a musician by signing up for the Introduction to Guitar course. This might also be the right time for you to hone your leadership skills in our Leadership course. Regardless of what you are interested in, we have something for you!

Grateful for the Gift of Our Capuchin Franciscans
We celebrated Religious Brothers Day earlier this week by recognizing and thanking our Capuchin Franciscan friars for their guidance, wisdom, and humility. These men embody God's love to the Golden Knights and our extended St. Francis family. We are all immensely blessed by their presence and example!

St. Francis Says Goodbye to Bro Vic as His Powerful Ministry Continues
Bro Vic's time at St. Francis is a memory that every student will cherish. His impact on the school, while incredible, pales in comparison to the impact he made on the life of each individual student. He peaceful presence, unconstrained joy, devotion to Christ, and unique music ministry will be deeply missed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 
A Life Changing Experience While Following the Footsteps of Francis & Clare
Assisi Pilgrimage 2018
Golden Knights Shine in Alverno Heights Academy Theater Production
Congratulations to St. Francis students Xander Penzato '19, Riley Luna '18, Ian Bastia '20, Carson Christ '18, Ethan Qua '19, and Chris Johnson '21 for their terrific performances in the Alverno Heights Academy production of "The Drowsy Chaperone"! It was a huge success and we are so proud of the contributions of these talented Golden Knights...GO KNIGHTS!

Students Form Executive Board for SFHS Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
Students at St. Francis are looking forward to building a San Gabriel Valley (SGV) Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter next school year and junior Chris Perez '19 has stepped up to make that goal a reality for the entire student body. After meeting with representatives from Habitat for Humanity and planning a successful team build and fundraiser for the Desiderio Homes Construction Project, Chris put together a SFHS Executive Board comprised of eager students willing to fill important leadership roles in this new campus organization. The group is looking forward to offering a wide variety of opportunities for all students so be sure to visit the Habitat for Humanity booth at Club Day.

 

St. Francis High School Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter (SFHS H4H)
   
Mission statement : Seeking to put God's love into action, The St. Francis High School Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter brings Golden Knights together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our principles:
  1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
  2. Focus on shelter.
  3. Advocate for affordable housing.
  4. Promote dignity and hope.
  5. Support sustainable and transformative development.

Purpose:
Bring Golden Knights together who are passionate about helping people build better lives for themselves and are ready to lead the charge at St. Francis High School to help fulfill Habitat for Humanity's mission.

Who we are:
St. Francis High School partners with San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and people in the local community, in addition to those across the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside SFHS volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With SFHS support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.  

Science in Action as a Component of Community Outreach
A special thanks to Golden Knights Henry Whitford '20 & Ethan Gould '20 for representing SFHS at the Saints Felicitas & Perpetua School STEM Night on April 12. Under the guidance of Mr. Bill Heinen, these young men helped students at SSFP conduct biotech and photosynthesis experiments. GO KNIGHTS!

Honoring Our Boy Scouts
Please join us in congratulating St. Francis senior Andrew Nettels '18 on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! Andrew is a proud member of Troop 502 in La Canada. Only 4% of boys in boy scouts are awarded this rank after a lengthy review process. Andrew began his scouting experience in the 1st grade at St. Bede School. Andrew's Eagle Scout service project included building new platforms which hold the nativity set for St. Bede church where Andrew has been a parishioner his en tire life. With the assistance of his leaders, parents, and other scouts in his troop, Andrew was able to b uild new platforms. In Troop 502, Andrew has served as Quartermaster, Troop Instructor and Den Chief. He was selected for Order of the Arrow, National Youth Leadership Training and received the National Outdoor Camping Award. He also earned 3 religious medals and many merit badges. He has volunteered as a summer camp counselor at La Canada Presbyterian Church and has performed many service hours at Brother's Helpers, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Midnight Mission, and Adopt-a-Family. He is a recipient of the Italian Catholic Service Award, Knights of Columbus Service Award, and the Brennan Newall Memorial Scholarship. He has also received several Art awards/honors. Andrew played water polo and was on the track team at St. Francis. He will attend Northern Arizona University in the fall to study business. We're proud of you Andrew...GO KNIGHTS! 
Golden Knights Commit to Play Football in College
Congratulations to these terrific young men on committing to play football at the next level! Greg Dulcich '18 will attend UCLA, Isaac Cordova '18 will attend Occidental College, and Elijah Washington '18 will attend the University of La Verne. A special thanks to the friends and family members who showed up to support these young men at their signing. GO KNIGHTS!

7th Annual Hold'em Knight Raises Money for Student Scholarship
The 7th Annual Hold'em Knight was a huge success for the St. Francis family! A special thanks to Paul Diaz '96, Kevin Danni '97, Jim Theiring '85 (Mission Community Hospital Presenting Sponsor) Casinos in Motion, and the Knights of Columbus for a wonderful night of fun and poker! We also want to extend our gratitude to the 70 attendees who joined us this year. The SFHS Alumni Association's efforts on behalf of student scholarship are strong because of you...GO KNIGHTS!


Maintaining the Bonds of Brotherhood
Members of the Class of 1970 got together recently in the Cambria area to check on this year's grape production. The Red Soles winery was one of the stops and the group was hosted by another Golden Knight, Dr. Brad Knox, who is a part time wine barista when not working his shift in the ER. GO KNIGHTS!

An Exciting Adventure Awaits as SFHS Grad Pursues His Dreams
St. Francis is proud of the success of our graduates who continue to excel across a wide variety of fields and ventures! SFHS alum Chris Sercel '13 graduated from UCSB's College of Creative Studies (CCS) last year with a B.S. degree in Physics with Highest Honors. Upon graduating, he went to work for JPL where he is helping to build the Europa Surface Simulator that JPL will use to test hardware for the Europa lander. The simulator he is working on is a vacuum system that goe s down to a temperature of -200 degrees, allowing JPL to conduct tests of robotics gear in conditions that simulate the frozen Europa ocean. Leadership for such a project would normally fall on an engineer with ten plus years of experience, but Chris was selected for the position because of his unique combination of engineering and physics skills. The project is going really well.

In the fall of 2018 Chris will be starting his PhD program in engineering. He applied to MIT, Georgia tech, Michigan, Princeton, and Illinois and was accepted by all with full scholarships plus salary. He decided to go to Michigan and NASA is providing him with a full ride scholarship for his PhD program through the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) program. His proposal to NSTRF involves building a laser powered rocket engine that uses water as its propellant. Chris' advanced physics knowledge, in addition to his skills in computer-aided design, engineering, machining, welding, and perfect math GRE score, contributed to his success. We're so proud of you Chris...GO KNIGHTS!
 
 
St. Francis Grads Set to Open Gus and Andy's Montrose Grill
It has been fun to follow the progress of two of our St. Francis graduates, brothers Andrew Christopoulos '13 and Constantine (Costa) Christopoulos '13, as they finalize plans to open Gus and Andy's Montrose Grill! We're proud of you gentlemen and we look forward to visiting your new establishment once it opens...GO KNIGHTS!

 
Alum Chases His Dream of Flying
Congratulations to St. Francis grad Giancarlo Ciulla '16 for adding an Instrument Rating to his Private Pilot Certificate as part of the University of Oklahoma Aviation Program! Keep reaching for new heights...GO KNIGHTS!

The Fellowship of Golden Knights Continues
It's great to see these St. Francis grads together on the campus of LMU...we hope you continue to do great things! GO KNIGHTS!

St. Francis Grads Cross the Stage as Their Journeys Continue
Graduation season is upon us and we could not be more proud of our St. Francis alumni who will be crossing the stage at colleges/universities across the nation this spring! We look forward to highlighting individual stories as we receive them. We want to highlight your success so please reach out to us by emailing burghdorfa@sfhs.net. Once again, congratulations gentlemen! Please know that we are praying for you as your journey continues...GO KNIGHTS!

Matthew Januzik '14 is graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University and will be attending Fuller Seminary this fall to pursue his Doctorate in Psychology!

 
Michael Del Santo '14 is graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Political Science. He was recently honored as the 2017-2018 recipient of Fraternity Man of the Year for his leadership and service.

Bikes 4 Orphans Outreach Continues to Expand
Bikes 4 Orphans , led by St. Francis grads Shawnt Bazikian '16 and Sebouh Bazikian '14, partnered with COED RECS to host a benefit show with proceeds going to securing more bikes for orphans in Africa. The proceeds from the event will go specifically towards purchasing 110 bicycles for an all girls orphanage in Kenya so they have access to school, work and other vital opportunities. Students with bicycles have been able to improve their academic performance by 59% and increase their attendance by 30% reducing unemployment, crime and teen pregnancy. These are tangible results that this organization is helping bring about in these girls' lives. We're proud of you gentlemen...GO KNIGHTS!

Freer Family Hosts CYO 2018 Backyard Bash
The CYO 2018 Backyard Bash, generously hosted by St. Francis' Freer family, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy great company, good food and excellent music all in support of an amazing cause!

Catholic Youth Organization of Los Angeles manages and operates interscholastic sports for 170 Catholic elementary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. CYO-LA is the largest Catholic youth sports organization in the United States serving approximately 25,000 students and coaches. Many of our Golden Knights developed under this terrific program.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words 
Images from Across the St. Francis Community  
Our lacrosse team gather for a prayer before a game at West Ranch.
Congratulations to the young men who achieved Honor and Scholar Roll distinction for the 3rd quarter. We are proud of your academic achievement...GO KNIGHTS!
It's always a great day to be a Golden Knight! Our St. Francis swimmers raced extremely well in this year's Mission League Finals...GO KNIGHTS!
A beautiful afternoon at an amazing facility watching St. Francis Baseball...GO KNIGHTS!
Our last Junior Emmaus Retreat of the year was powerful! Thanks to everyone who led and participated.
These incredible ladies are awesome! The Mothers' Guild monthly bake sale is always greatly enjoyed by the hungry young men on campus...thank you ladies!
Congratulations to the JV golf team on ending the year with a 2nd place finish at the JV League Championship! Colin Stolpe shot 76 to finish 3rd for individuals...GO KNIGHTS!
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