"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.”- John Alexander Smith, 1914
Reflections on Catholic Education
The ability to identify truth, always, has been a difficult task. It is difficult because no one is entirely without it and few if any have it in its fullness. The quest for truth and wisdom is perennial. Pontius Pilate asked, "What is truth?" when he came face to face with Christ. Earlier in the Gospels, Christ tells us, "The truth will set you free."
Understanding a moral principle is necessary, but equally necessary is adhering to that principle. In this regard, Catholic education is incarnational and asks those who pursue it to not only seek wisdom, but to live virtuously. This is the goal of Catholic education. - Mr. Jesse Dow
Mr. Jesse Dow graduated from Magdalen College with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts. He also holds two certifications in Catechesis from the Notre Dame STEP program. Mr. Dow has been in the carpentry business for the last 14 years and currently owns and operates a home remodeling business, Tekton Custom Carpentry. During this time, he has been involved with youth in various ways such as a per diem counselor at Orion House (a residential treatment facility for young men) in Newport, NH; a soccer coach, hockey coach and a fourth grade catechist at Our Lady of Fatima parish in New London where his family are parishioners. From 2015-2017 he was the Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart parish in Lebanon where he directed the K-10th grade program, was involved with adult faith formation and youth group trips/activities. He is the Co-Director of the St. John Paul II Summer Program which was held at MRA for the first time in 2019. Mr. Dow is an avid New England sports fan and the current head coach of the MRA boys’ varsity soccer team. He resides in New London with wife and five children.