ND Vision Summer Program
In thinking about my time in South Bend this summer, one word emerges above all else: peace.
Yes, the bus ride from Prep to Indiana is long. Yes, the boys on the bus are in fact boys on the bus – the smell is “interesting” to say the least. Yes, it is tough to leave the family right at the start of summer vacation.
But, once I stepped onto the campus of Notre Dame I was struck by what an inspirational place it is. We were greeted by famous theologian, Fr. Brian Daley SJ who talked to the boys about life on campus and his personal history at ND. Then, we were fortunate enough to be given a real “insider’s” tour of the campus. It was on that tour that someone mentioned to me that ND felt like “Catholic Heaven." From the Basilica to the Grotto to Touchdown Jesus, there is an overt emphasis not just on the traditions of a Catholic school, but the life of a functioning Catholic institution.
After the first day, I did not see much of the Prep students we chaperoned out. They went with ND leaders to their program and Elliott and I began the separate adult program. We checked in with the students from time to time to make sure they were happy (and there were a few joint sessions), but really my time at ND was focused on professional and personal development. The speakers were exceptional and the topics were relevant to Catholic school/parish leadership. I am certain that I left the week a better teacher and coach than I began it.
Most importantly for me, when I returned from South Bend I was fully decompressed after a crazy school year. I realized that the best time I spent at Notre Dame were the hours walking the campus, reading, thinking about my year at Prep, and spending time with myself. It was a peaceful, rewarding experience and I hope to go back soon.
- Matt Sather ‘93