On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Rt. Rev. Kathryn Ryan, newly appointed bishop suffragan of the western region of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, visited The Hill. In addition to meeting with school leaders and having lunch with the campus community in the dining hall, Ryan spoke to students in both Upper School and Middle School Chapels.
Alluding to letters written by St. Ignatius of Antioch just before he was martyred in Rome in 108 A.D., the bishop offered students words of advice that she has come to embrace in her new role. “Suffer all people in love,” she said. “Ask for wisdom you do not have and commit to passing along the gifts you receive in life.”
Toward the end of Upper School Chapel, five Spartans presented Ryan with a commemorative wooden plaque, which they designed and engraved using a DNC router, newest piece of high-tech equipment in the school’s Project and Idea Realization Lab. In creating the intricate design, 9th graders Emmie Casey, Meredith Clay and Jackson Price, along with 11th graders Bo Parham and Isabella Villarreal, emulated the cross that Ryan designed and wore when she was ordained in June.
In addition to overseeing some 80 Episcopal congregations in cities ranging from Waco to Matagorda, Texas, she serves as chair of the board of trustees at St. Stephen’s, Seminary of the Southwest and El Buen Samaritano. As Ryan leads our trustees, who are charged with school governance and advocacy, she looks forward to building strong relationships throughout the campus community and getting to know our members even better.