Kathy Bates | Strong Faith of Our School Community

Kathy-BatesAthletic Director and Dean of Students
St. Francis Xavier High School, Appleton
Educator for 36.5 years

The event that had the deepest impact on me and truly emphasized the strong faith of our school community was the tragic death of one of our students, Bradley Williams, who died on the football practice field in 2005.

His teammates immediately turned to prayer. That evening almost the entire Xavier community gathered for a prayer service led by Sarah Simon, our Campus Minister. The entire school also gathered for a Mass planned by students. Brad's passing has left a lasting, meaningful impact on our lives.

At the time, I remembered being so proud of our students and staff and truly grateful that we could practice our faith.