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MOST REVEREND LEO T. MAHER, D.D.
Bishop of Santa Rosa Diocese
The Diocese ot Santa Rosa--its clergy, religiou
have this community serving the people of Napa
Scenes ofthe Solemn Blessing
and Dedication of Justin 8:
Siena High Schools, April, I967
Education has always been a paramount value
in living and creative cultures. A technical society
such as ours must make particularly heavy de-
mands upon its school systems, both public and
private. Its survival and progress are directly de-
pendent upon the cultivation of our nation's talent.
Education is also a perpetually evolving process.
The task of bettering and improving American edu-
cation will ever be a challenge and obligation to
each generation. It is currently, we are told, under-
going a series of profound transformations. The
first revolution has been quantitative-an un-
matched effort to extend schooling to all Americans.
The second phase, a revolution which has hardly
begun, focuses on educational quality, and has as
its goal the continuing improvement of instruction
in our schools.
Excellence in education has always been a hall-
mark of the Brothers of the Christian Schools who
have a most distinguished history in nearly every
quarter of the world. ln the midst of uncertain and
questioning times, the recent DECLARATION of
their Thirty-Ninth Chapter H9677 emphatically re-
stated the central position of the educational
apostolate in their mission. "From the beginning,"
it proclaimed, "the brothers devoted themselves to
the Christian education oi youth in various ways,
but the school has always been the principal work
of their apostolate, the one in which the greatest
number have been involved."
It is with a great comfort that we see the un-
reserved confidence and pride of this community
in their history and future. There is no confusion
regarding the goals, values, and priorities of this
body of dedicated and professional churchmen.
Today, their schools will not be suppressed or
abandoned: rather the brothers have declared,
they will be renewed. Today the brothers' Institute
is unmistakably "committed to make its contribu-
tion to the rebirth of the Christian school, to help
creat such a school capable of preparing men for
the twenty-first century."
s and laity-is genuinely honored and grateful to
County. At the end of its second year, Iustin High
School, carrying on the cherished traditions of its namesake, in Northern California, has already
exhibited great promise of developing into the type ot institution designed for the exciting century
May we extend our cornmenclation to all who have shared in the success of Iustin High School.
May we take this happy occasion to congratulate the staff and faculty, the parents and the student.
Faithfully yours in Christ,
'l'LEO T. MAHER
Bishop of Santa Rosa
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BROTHER JAMES BEDE VAN DUREN, F.S.C.
In dedicating the first Iustin High yearbook, it is not by mere convention that We
choose to honor our principal, Brother Bede. For Brother Bede represents to us
what is good and human and real about the Christian Brothers.
As founding principal in a new administrative venture, he has directed the
organization and academic life of Justin High with dynamic leadership. Above
this, though, he has gained our respect and admiration because of his concern
for each student. This concern has not swayed his firm convictions, but guided
them. Each of us has come to realize that this is a real man worthy of imitation.
With all sincerity and gratitude, the students of Justin High dedicate this first
Brave to you, Brother Bede.
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BROTHER T. JEROME
FATHER JAMES GAFFEY
Superintendent of Schools
Supervisor of Christian
Ninety-nine years ago the Christian Brothers
arrived in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to
assume the direction of Saint Mary's College on
Mission Road which had been opened by the
Most Reverend loseph Sadoc Alemany five
years earlier and staffed by the diocesan clergy.
This first contingent of eight Christian Brothers
was led by an indomitable spirit, Brother lustin
McMahon, after whom this school is named. lt
seems completely fitting that this school, the
first Catholic secondary school for boys in Napa
County, be named in honor of the first Provincial
of the Christian Brothers in California-Brother
Iustin. His name is perpetuated in San Francisco
by lustin Drive, at Saint Mary's College by Iustin
Hall, and now in the city of Napa by Iustin High
School. The Christian Brothers today rejoice that
this great teacher and outstanding champion of
the Catholic school system in the United States
is commemorated by this new secondary school.
The name Iustin may not have a familiar ring
in the Napa valley but the Christian Brothers
are no strangers in these surroundings. Since
1932, when the training school for Christian
Brothers was established at Mont La Salle, the Brothers have been in-
terested in the area and for a number of years have anticipated the
establishment of a Catholic high school for boys. The Catholic people
of Napa were also desirous of securing a high school for their children.
Through the combined effort of the Christian Brothers, His Excellency,
Leo T. Maher, first bishop of the Santa Rosa diocese, and the people of
the community these hopes have been realized with the construction of
We are grateful to all those who participated with His Excellency and
the Christian Brothers in establishing Iustin High School.
We wish to thank also the students of Iustin High, their parents, and
the friends of the school who have so wholeheartedly supported the
efforts of our operation under difficult circumstances. Our gratitude ex-
tends particularly to the faculty whose untiring efforts and enthusiasm
augur well for this new establishment.
ln closing, we ask the good Lord to continue to bless the work of Cath-
olic secondary education begun so auspiciously in Napa County.
Cordially yours in Christ,
BROTHER T. IEROME WEST, F.S.C.
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