TO: DeSales University Community
FROM: Fr. Bernie O’Connor, OSFS
RE: “The Move”
This week the campus community begins the process of moving into and enjoying our newest building, Rev. Daniel G. Gambet OSFS Center for Business and Healthcare. On Wednesday afternoon the University-wide faculty meeting will be held in the new auditorium. Also during the week the faculty who will be moving into the building will begin packing their items for the move that occurs over spring break.
I hope that you find the building a perfect fit for DeSales University. It is sturdy and strong; versatile and friendly; durable and functional. It has an amazing amount of technology within its smart design. It is neither extravagant nor wasteful. I wish to thank the design team headed by Mr. Robert Snyder. Bob spent many an hour leading the various constituents involved with the project. Behind the scenes Mike Sweetana monitored the financing for the project and moved it along with great speed; while Marc Albanese oversaw the construction companies with skill. The faculty for the new building contributed immensely. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Fr. Peter Leonard, OSFS, for partnering with both Dr. Wayne Stuart with the PA staff and Dr. Mary Liz Doyle-Tadduni and Dr. Carol Mest with the nursing faculty for the design and functionality of the healthcare floor of the building. The business faculty led by Dr. Chris Cocozza and Dr. David Gilfoil have created an equally successful second floor. You will love the trading floor. We are truly blessed by the wonderful contributions from so many members of our community.
Although there is a professional moving company that will accomplish the actual transfer of offices into the new building, a process like this always generates tensions and anxieties. The increase of activity, the disruptions of normal patterns, and the transitions from “old” to “new” often generate complex sets of feelings. Fortunately within the great Catholic tradition and especially within the Salesian family we have just the right virtue to aid us in coping with these events: Patience.
Here are a few thoughts from Francis de Sales about this great virtue:
“There is no better way of growing toward perfection in the spiritual life than to be always starting over again and never thinking that we have done enough. But most important, don’t lose heart, be patient, wait, do all you can to develop a spirit of compassion. I have no doubt, that God is holding you by the hand; if he allows you to stumble, it is only to let you know that if he were not holding your hand, you would fall. This is how he gets you to take tighter hold of his hand.”
Don’t forget to place 12:00 noon on your personal calendar for the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 5, 2013.