On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Verbum Dei made history. We inaugurated our 4th President of Verbum Dei High School, Rev. Michael J. Mandala, S.J. Those present were representative of the entire Verb community: Faculty and staff, students, donors, corporate work study partners, volunteers, community leaders, etc. It is not a day anyonepresent will soon forget.
Spontaneously led by the students, there was a full three-minute standing ovation. The applause was deafening, as the procession, led by Omer Simeon, Verbum Dei's Board Chairman, followed by other VIP's, accompanied by "Fanfare for the Common Man." It was quite awe inspiring and a bit humbling to see how the students, freshmen to seniors, showed their heart-felt appreciation of these men and women who care so deeply for their future successes. I tell you, everyone had goose bumps and I dare say there were few moist eyes in the room. I am truly sorry words fail to describe the magic and the energy felt that day in the Verbum Dei community.