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Timon Graduates First Group Franciscan Leadership Program
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Timon Graduates First Group Franciscan Leadership Program

Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School is pleased to announce the establishment of the  Franciscan Leadership Program.

            During the Fall of 2012, Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School, with the support of its Board of Trustees, introduced an innovative Franciscan leadership program to local Catholic and public elementary schools.  Local Principals were invited to learn of the goals of the Program and to nominate eighth grade students for participation. 

            Mrs. Suzanne Overdorf, Director of Franciscan Mission at Timon, facilitated the program. Participating students from around Western New York included Jack Hannon (Ambrose Catholic Academy, South Buffalo), Kiernan Higgins (Discovery School, South Buffalo), Matthew Ferrara and Tim Skowronski (Immaculate Conception School, East Aurora), Liam Rainville (Notre Dame Academy, South Buffalo), Raymond Conroy Notre Dame Academy, South Buffalo), Dawson Heft and Brian Makowski (Our Lady of Victory School, Lackawanna), Peter Salamone (Queen of Heaven School, West Seneca), Michael Cortes (South Buffalo Charter School), Jeremy Lewis (St. Augustine Scholars, Buffalo), Colin Overdorf (St. Mark’s School, North Buffalo), Austin Jolls and Joseph Russo (St. Vincent DePaul, Elma), Ryan Miller  (Ss. Peter and Paul School, Hamburg) and Michael Weaver (Trinity Catholic School, South Buffalo).

            The students attended four day long sessions throughout the 2012-13 school year.  Common traits exemplified by leaders were identified and students were then taught skills that would enable them to develop and sharpen such skills within themselves.  They learned tools for problem solving, conflict resolution and effective communication.  The students learned that with leadership comes responsibility, that leaders have the power for effecting positive change in our world.  St. Francis of Assisi was chosen as the Leadership Program role model because of his respect for life, creation and mankind.  A true leader respects those he leads.

            A celebratory dinner including the graduates, their families and school representatives was held at Timon on Wednesday, May 15.  Each student offered comments citing the personal merit of the Program.  Mr. Thomas Sullivan, Principal of Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School, awarded Franciscan Leadership Certificates and encouraged the students to continue on their leadership path throughout their high school careers.  Mrs. Overdorf, personally thanked principals and parents for sending such fine young men as participants in the first Franciscan Leadership Program class.  She stated “I enjoyed each day spent with these students. I came away from the experience with renewed hope for our world, confident that we will all be better for the presence of these young men among us”. 

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