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Catholic identity and San Domenico School

October 12, 2017
Lidia Pringle

Re “San Rafael Dominicans discussing statue controversy as a community,” Sept. 14:

It is with great sadness but little surprise that I read about the removal of sacred statues from the San Domenico campus. Forces to shed the school’s Catholic identity were already encroaching more than two decades ago when our first-born started her 14-year stint as an SD student. By the time our daughter graduated from the upper school in 2004, even the most persistent and positive of us diehard proponents of retaining the school’s Catholic heritage recognized the futility of our struggle. Thus, our younger daughter, who was completing her 10th year at San Domenico, did not apply to the SD high school, selecting instead schools that placed greater emphasis on faith formation. Since then, it appears San Domenico has moved even further from its Catholic roots. We pray the school and sisters find a way to move forward without abandoning their rich Catholic past.

The writer was a member of the San Domenico Parent Service Association Executive Board, 1996-2004, and PSA president, 2000-02.

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