Founded today, yesterday and for years to come
– GSS remembers Fr. Harry Tompson -
The festivities today began with a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond, and the little boy who gave all he had in the Gospel from John 6 (feeding of the 5,000) was at the heart of his message. The Archbishop challenged our students to take courage and give all they have and know that with God’s blessing, they will always have enough. The challenge will be overcome. The impossible will become possible. The dream will become the miraculous reality which is what the Good Shepherd School is today – the dream and vision of one man, who believed that all things are possible if you give all you have to God.
Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J. founded The Good Shepherd School 15 years ago, just four months before passing away from cancer. He never saw the first child walk into the school. However, he lives and breathes through the children, faculty, staff and benefactors who work to carry out his vision every day! As incoming president, Tommy Moran Jr., explained, …”foundation day is not simply a remembrance of a past event; it is a living, vibrant responsibility and calling for each of us to add our unique talents, abilities, effort, and heart to the work, to the mission. Foundation is a growing, breathing, and dynamic word.”
The Mass ended with the school song, “We are His Flock,” written and created by GSS principal, Mrs. Emily Paul, who stated at a brief reception following the Mass, “I only met Harry one time and when you meet him it stays with you. His vision stays with you. I know he’s upstairs still shepherding and bringing us together.” The speakers at the reception stirred emotions for many in the room. The guest speakers included GSS graduate, Kaitlin Glapion, GSS 7th grader, Brian Ridgeley and parent of three GSS students, Ms. Coretta Pittman who reflected on Fr. Tompson’s words as a charge for us today: “Go. Grab the flag. And run up the hill!”
The past 15 years may have been an uphill climb but through the success and achievements of the GSS students and grads, it has been more than worth it. We are so grateful to all who were able to attend including Fr. Tompson’s brother, Richard Tompson and Patrick Gernon who oversaw the building of the school in 2001. Today, we continue to work and pray together and in the words of our school song, “we strive each day to do our very best; we’ll give our all, on that you can depend.” Thank you, Fr. Tompson. Today you are remembered, but your vision is forever founded in our quest to carry out the mission that is The Good Shepherd School.
The Good Shepherd School
353 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: (504) 598-9399
Fax: (504) 598-9346