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Faculty Retreat Centers on Grace for New Academic Year

Ahead of embarking on a new academic year, faculty and staff gathered Monday for a spiritually enriching and empowering retreat.
Ahead of embarking on a new academic year, faculty and staff gathered Monday for a spiritually enriching and empowering retreat. The day began with Mass celebrated by Marian chaplain Monsignor Zenz, setting the tone for a day of reflection, collaboration, and rejuvenation.

Led by the dynamic and insightful Kim Kerwin, Director of Religious Education at St. Fabian, the retreat delved into the theme "Sufficient Grace and Power Perfected in Weakness: Celebrating the Ministry of Education." Drawing inspiration from the writings of Paul, particularly 2 Corinthians 13:6-8, faculty and staff explored how to find strength in vulnerability and weakness, echoing the sentiment that God's grace is more than enough to guide and uplift.

Throughout the morning, the faculty and staff engaged in thought-provoking discussions on topics ranging from the integration of mind, body, and spirit in education to the practical application of the school's mission and belief statements. The importance of cultivating a learning environment that nurtures both intellectual and spiritual growth was emphasized, as well as the significance of embracing empathy and compassion in all interactions.

President Heather Sofran encapsulated the essence of the retreat when she remarked, "We are in the business of changing lives— paraprofessionals, maintenance staff, coaches, and counselors alike. We are all called to make a difference at Marian." This sentiment echoed the prevailing theme of the day – that education is a transformative endeavor driven by grace, understanding, and the commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of students.

As the retreat concluded, faculty and staff left with a renewed sense of purpose, united in mission to fostering an inclusive and nurturing educational environment where students can come to experience the love of Christ. 

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Marian High School

7225 Lahser Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
PHONE: (248) 644-1750
Marian High School, an IHM sponsored school, is fully accredited by NCA CASI, an accrediting division of AdvancED.

Marian is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The mission of Marian is to ensure, within a Christian environment, an excellent education built on a strong academic curriculum, which will enable young women to value human diversity and live responsible lives of leadership and action based on gospel values.

An enduring tradition: guiding young women spiritually, challenging them academically, and inspiring them to a life of leadership and service.