Superior General of Basilian Fathers installs Storey as president

Rev. Kevin Storey, C.S.B., addresses the student body at the Opening School Mass Aug. 15 in Cemo Auditorium after being installed as the new St. Thomas President.

by Nick Lednicky
Eagle Editorial Board

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, Rev. Kevin Storey, C.S.B., was officially installed as the second president of St. Thomas High School in an emotional Mass and ceremony.

Storey, a former Geometry teacher and Round-Up coordinator, succeeded Rev. Ronald Schwenzer, C.S.B., as president, a position he had held for six years.

The Mass, which the entire student body, faculty and staff attended, was celebrated by Very Rev. George Smith, C.S.B., Superior General of the Basilian Fathers.

During his homily, Smith spoke about the authentic humility of the Virgin Mary. The humility of Storey is as near to this authentic humility as humans can hope to get.

“I’d be honored to be here and be a tutor on Thursday afternoons,” Storey said. “I think it’s a really fine institution.”

After Storey was officially installed as the school’s second president, he spoke a few words of thanks. While speaking, Storey became overwhelmed with emotion.

“I’m not an emotional person, but [the ceremony] was very emotional for me,” Storey said. “I had a glimpse of my mom and dad, and seeing their faces made me realize how significant it was to see me in that position.”

Storey’s thanks were greeted by a standing ovation from the student body. “[It] was absolutely justified,” senior Dempsey Prappas, a former student of Storey, said. “He is unassuming even when he has the entire school cheering him on.”

Following the installment, Smith asked the student body and faculty to recommit themselves to the mission of the school. =

“I think the recommitting of the students and faculty helps remind us that we’re truly blessed to be here, and that we need to stay focused on the school’s mission,” senior Andrew Ruddy said.

Storey, who officially began his duties as President on July 1, is excited to continue to be very involved in the community.

This year, he has resumed coaching on the cross country team as a way to stay engaged and hopes to “be hanging around the cafeteria more.”

Next week, Storey will be holding a lunch with six seniors he taught freshman year.

He has expanded the Breakfast with the President program to include the parents of upperclassmen, which will begin taking place in late September.

Storey has a strong emphasis on the future, without losing the school’s roots in tradition.

“Part of my goal is to help St. Thomas create this vision for the future,” Storey said.

This futuristic vision includes the Capital Campaign, which hopes to raise the remaining $10 million for the construction of a state-of-the-art athletic center.

The school is truly blessed to have such a humble, gifted and caring man as Storey serve as president.

“For all the things that the school represents, to 112 years of graduates, all of our parents and all of our students” Storey said, “it’s just a great place to be connected to.”