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Dear St. Gabriel Teachers, Staff, Parishioners and Faith Community,

I hope this note finds you and your families, happy, healthy, safe and rested.  I am excited to be joining your communities and sharing in your ministry of education grounded and centered in our Faith.


I am humbled and honored to be given this opportunity by Fr. Hurlbert, the selection committee and the parish as a whole. I am very thankful to Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Jurisic, Mrs. LiFonti and Mrs. Babuskow for their warm welcomes and their patience with me as I learn not only my way around the buildings, but more importantly, how I may best serve the faculty, the students and the families of St. Gabriel School and Bridgeport Catholic Academy.


I recognize that there is so much about each school community that I am unaware of.  Although I now live in the northwest suburbs, I am a native Chicagoan, and I am hopeful that you will forgive the fact that I grew up on the north side. I look forward to using this year to learn about Bridgeport Catholic Academy and St. Gabriel School and the legacy and pride that each institution so rightly possesses. We are blessed to have outstanding administration and faculty in both schools and I will spend most of time listening and learning from them.


This year we will also face the challenge of operating our programs under the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak. I am assured by the fact that the Archdiocese in consultation with the C.D.C., the I.S.B.E. and other governmental agencies, has developed a comprehensive reopening plan that puts student safety at the forefront and I have full confidence in the teachers and staff of each building to execute the protocols faithfully to further that mission.


I look forward to meeting all of your children and getting to know them.  I also look forward to meeting all of you in person throughout the school year as time and circumstances permit. I recognize the sacrifices you make in order to provide a Catholic education for your children.  We are very blessed to have you join with us in this incredibly important ministry of our Church.





Daniel Flaherty


Daniel Flaherty


St. Gabriel Catholic School &

Bridgeport Catholic Academy

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