A Message From Fr. Dave
Peace and Blessings.
I am excited to have all of you on campus for the 2021-22 academic year. I look forward to meeting our new students and getting to know you. And I can’t wait for our returning students to come back, especially after all we went through together last year. It is such blessing to study, to work, to play, and to pray together as our Franciscan University educational and faith community.
This coming academic year, like any other, will provide each of us many opportunities for grace and blessings as we reflect upon and live out our theme, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build” (Psalm 127:1). I know we can come together as a community, keeping our eyes on what matters most: Christ, our studies, and our care for each other. I ask, I challenge, and I expect we will treat each other with respect and compassion as we move through times that are still uncertain and sometimes frustrating or unsettling. We may have different perspectives on certain policies or prudential decisions, but in the midst of it all, we can be models of how to act with Christian charity, faith, and grace, trusting, ultimately, not in our own strength and abilities, but in the Lord who is King, not only of our University, but of the entire universe.
I look forward to being with you soon.
Father Dave Pivonka, TOR
President, Franciscan University of Steubenville