Dear Thomas More University Community,
This year is certainly different as many traditions have been placed on hold, but it serves as a good reminder that our community is stronger, more resilient, and kinder because of the hard work by so many who made this fall semester a success. My gratitude runs deep to all who sacrificed and dedicated so much to ensure that our University continues to be the beacon of Catholic education. My hope for the New Year is that we can return to our traditions and celebrations, but not forget the lessons learned from Covid and the opportunity for all of us to cherish the most important aspects of life.
Despite the challenging circumstances around us, the peace, joy, and hope that comes with the celebration of the birth of our Savior remains steadfast. As written in the Gospel of John, “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” This light is alive and present in our world today, as it is at Thomas More University. It is my hope that your family experiences this light that brings peace, joy, and hope this Christmas season.
As is the spirit of our community to bring joy and good cheer to all, the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Chamber Choir, as well as volunteer faculty and staff from across campus separately recorded a rendition of “Silent Night.” Though we couldn’t provide a live concert for you this year as we have done in the past, I hope this holiday greeting sends warmth to you and your family.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!
Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D.