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In-Service Days 2019-2020

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Members of faculty and staff welcomed with great pleasure the new SHS Rector Father Doctor Joe Daccache during the annual in-service days held on September 9 and 11, 2019, during which they were offered the opportunity to discuss and share their input on the school’s policies and guides.

After finishing his studies in theology and psychology in Lebanon, Fr. Daccache moved to California - USA to complete his master’s degree in Catholic School Leadership and Administration, and his doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University. His dissertation is titled: Examining the Relationship between Educational Technology and Morality: A Case Study of an American Catholic Middle School.

In his opening speech, Father Daccache revealed that his “mission is to be a Catholic leader before everything else.” He renewed the commitment to providing a holistic education to every student as well as the aspiration in building the future of our Eparchy, the Archdiocese of Beirut, and our country Lebanon.

Fr. Daccache also discussed the importance of social justice in our Lebanese community in general, and our school community in particular, as it is important for our young students to believe that social justice values can be implemented in our daily lives.

Moreover, Fr. Daccache explained the meaning of leadership for him as servant leadership. He compared himself to “Simon of Cyrene who offered to help carry Jesus’s cross during Passion and Jesus who does not need help accepted Simon’s offer. I humbly offer to be your [SHS Community] Simon of Cyrene as I see Jesus in each and every one of you. I would like to be Simon with you when you are holding your cross during this year.”