His office is usually teeming with students, his wall calendar a sea of ink, his days start early, are chock-full and end late. So why does Andrew Kiel '09, always seem to have a smile on his face? Likely because he has among the most fulfilling and inspiring roles at St. Michael's College School as Coordinator of Spiritual Life.
In the above photo, he is pictured alongside Stephanie De Santis, a Theology teacher who teaches grades 9-12. Also in the photo, a pair of Grade 8 students, Carter (left) and Neil (right), who are both part of the the school's Ambassador programme, leading, mentoring and volunteering their time at Shadow Days (for prospective students), special events (on-campus and off-site) and activities that showcase SMCS.
About Spiritual Life
It begins every morning --- in the daily video prayer that often cites a scripture passage or includes timely messages. It is evident in frequent prayerful reflections and viewed at spiritual gatherings (masses, feast celebrations, etc.) ---- in word, deed or song. It is taught as part of the Religion and Theology curriculum, practiced at student retreats, among other applications.
Spiritual Life at SMCS is part of the natural fabric of the school. Both the vast majority of our Catholic student body, and our students from other denominations, are encouraged to celebrate their faiths and are taught to grow in goodness, compassion, empathy and respect for each other.
The presence of our Basilian Fathers in the classroom, hallways, chapel and elsewhere, their interest and engagement with students (current and past), coupled with their experience as educators and wisdom as men of faith, adds a deep, even more meaningful dimension to the faith journey of our students.
Learn more about Spiritual Life.