Eatontown, NJ – Recently, a message was sent out to the District’s e-mail database with the sad news that the Brothers have been asked to leave St. Raymond High School for Boys. We share the following letter which we hope will reach all who have been involved at St. Raymond’s.
Dear Faculty, Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Saint Raymond High School for Boys,
In his May 29, 2018 letter to the members of the Saint Raymond’s School community, Rev. James Cruz, pastor of the Church of Saint Raymond, wrote that he had determined that he “will be discontinuing the relationship between Saint Raymond High School for Boys and the Brothers of the Christian Schools” at the end of the current academic year.
I write today on behalf of the De La Salle Christian Brothers (officially known as the Brothers of the Christian Schools), both those who currently serve there as well as the hundreds of Brothers who have served for 153 years at Saint Raymond’s, via the Catholic Protectory for Boys, the parish elementary school, and (for the most recent 59 years) at St. Raymond High School for Boys.
Thank you to so many of you who have taken time over these recent days to express gratitude for the positive impact we have had, together with our fellow Lasallian educators, on your lives and the lives of young people at St. Raymond’s for generations. We are humbled by the many wonderful stories and positive remembrances you have been sharing. It has been our privilege – through teaching, administration, coaching, guidance, campus ministry, and social work – to fulfill the mission that was bequeathed to us by our Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, “to provide a human and a Christian education to the young, especially the poor.”
We are deeply saddened to be leaving Saint Raymond High School for Boys this month, but we understand that, in a parish high school, the pastor has the authority to make this decision. In the message that the pastor sent out, he indicated that we must part ways so that “the school’s mission of academic, personal, and spiritual growth” can continue. We regret and disagree with the pastor’s viewpoint, as we Brothers believe that we have, in fact, continued to be vital instruments in this mission. As such, we have arrived at a point where both parties will “agree to disagree” on the consultative process followed and the ultimate decision the pastor made with respect to the continuation of the Brothers’ educational ministry at Saint Raymond High School for Boys.
We pray in great gratitude for the opportunity to have touched hearts and transformed lives at St. Raymond’s. We pray for the continued dedication of the faculty, staff, and administrators. Let us all pray for the young men whom we are compelled to leave behind.
As I reflect on the recent events as well as our 153 year history at St. Raymond’s, I am reminded of St. Paul’s words to the Philippians: “I am sure of this, that God who began a good work in you will be faithful to bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Bro. Dennis Lee, FSC