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Father Matthews is the School’s spiritual leader, whose purpose is to awaken the community to God’s abundant mercy, justice, compassion, and faithfulness to all.  He conveys and communicates a divine message through words and more importantly through deeds. As Chaplain at Saint Edward’s School, he has the distinct pleasure of serving the spiritual needs of a diverse community, all the while respecting the dignity of every human being.    
 

Our Chaplain Provides the Following Services and Care:

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  • COMMUNITY WIDE SUPPORT

    • Provide spiritual guidance and direction for the community
    • Organize and lead Chapel and other liturgical services for all ages, including weddings, baptisms and funerals.
    • Educate the school community honor code in matters of integrity and ethical values
    • Serve as a highly visible, accessible parent resource and point of contact
    • Encourages compassion and understanding of all human beings
    • Promotes interfaith dialogue
  • PARENT & STUDENT SUPPORT

     
    • Encourages reflection upon spiritual dimensions of life
    • Teaches ethics honors to US students
    • Teaches character development
    • Educate the school community honor code in matters of integrity and ethical values
    • Serve as a highly visible, accessible parent resource and point of contact
    • Help new families integrate into the Saint Edward’s community
     
  • Staff & Classroom Support

     
    • Encourages reflection upon spiritual dimensions of life
    • Promote the well-being of all students, faculty and staff through pastoral care and provide support through life’s difficult moments.
    • Educate the school community honor code in matters of integrity and ethical values
    • Serve as a highly visible, accessible staff resource and point of contact
     

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  • Father William Matthews 

    Chaplain
    (772) 492-2119
    Nashotah House - M.Div
    University of Central Florida - B.A.

Wellness News

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  • Weekly Devotional Passage from the School Chaplain: Reinhold Niebuhr

    Weekly Devotional Passage from the School Chaplain: Reinhold Niebuhr

    Today's quote comes from Reinhold Niebuhr, yes I have used his quotes before. Mr. Niebuhr was an American Reformed theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor:

    “Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, Therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; Therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.” Reinhold Niebuhr


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  • Weekly Devotional Passage from the School Chaplain: This Amazing Day

    Today's wise words come from E. E. Cummings. Edward Estlin "E. E." Cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. I have included a link to a beautiful musical rendition to his poem so you can listen and read along.
     
    i thank You God for most this amazing
    day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
    and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
    which is natural which is infinite which is yes
    (i who have died am alive again today,
    and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
    day of life and of love and wings:and of the gay
    great happening illimitably earth)
    how should tasting touching hearing seeing
    breathing any—lifted from the no
    of all nothing—human merely being
    doubt unimaginable You?
    (now the ears of my ears awake and
    now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
    E. E. Cummings
     
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  • Weekly Devotional Passage from the School Chaplain: Legacy

    Weekly Devotional Passage from the School Chaplain: Legacy

    Todays wise words come from two people, Jean Vanier and Rachel Held Evans. Recently both of these important spiritual figures died. Jean Vanier was a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian. In 1964 he founded L'Arche, an international federation of communities spread over 37 countries, for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. Rachel Held Evans was an American Christian columnist, blogger and author and very influential progressive evangelical. Below are just two quotes, one from each person, that spoke to me about who they were and some of their legacy.
     
    "We don't know what to do with our own weakness except to hide it or pretend it doesn't exist. So how can we welcome fully the weakness of another if we haven't welcomed our own weakness?"
    Jean Vanier
    “Imagine if every church (Synagogue, Mosque, or Temple) became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church (Synagogue, Mosque, or Temple) became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create sanctuary.”
    Rachel Held Evans
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1895 Saint Edward's Drive
Vero Beach, Florida 32963
772.231.4136