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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 

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

Wellness News

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    US Students Learn More About the Dangers of Vaping

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    Parents: The Assist team gave a presentation to upper school students about the recent vaping lung disease news. The Center for Disease Control is currently researching cases of a mysterious lung disease found in roughly 200 cases across the country. Scientists are linking vaping devices as the underlying cause. Please take a moment to talk with your child about the dangers of vaping. Research shows that when families have clear expectations about substances, children are more likely to talk with you openly and follow those guidelines. Click to see the content that was shared with students.

    The Assist team is a group of trained faculty members who address substance use prevention and early intervention with students. If you would like more information, please reach out to our school counselor, Sam Borkovic, at sborkovic@steds.org or 772-492-2218. 




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  • Weekly Devotional Passage from the School Chaplain: Absolute Truth

    Weekly Devotional Passage from the School Chaplain: Absolute Truth

    Today's wise words are from Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Zen Master and Vietnamese Buddhist monk author and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition which is a Monastery in southwest France:
     
    “If at some point in your life you adopt an idea or a perception as the absolute truth, you close the door of your mind. This is the end of seeking the truth. And not only do you no longer seek the truth, but even if the truth comes in person and knocks on your door, you refuse to open it. Attachment to views, attachment to ideas, attachment to perceptions are the biggest obstacle to the truth.” Thich Nhat Hanh


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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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1895 Saint Edward's Drive
Vero Beach, Florida 32963
772.231.4136